One of the late additions to the Philadelphia 76ers‘ training camp roster was Hollis Thompson. Thompson went undrafted after finishing his college career at Georgetown. In his last year with the Hoyas, Thompson averaged 12.8 points and 5.5 rebounds.
After failing to get drafted, he jumped on with the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Developmental League. He averaged 8.1 points and 3.8 rebounds in 48 games with the 66ers. He spent this year’s summer league with the San Antonio Spurs and the Sixers liked enough of what they saw to bring him to camp.
So far, Thompson has shown flashes in some aspects of the game while he has struggled in others. He has pulled down over five rebounds a game in limited playing time and has outworked the always-disappointing Lavoy Allen on the boards throughout the entire preseason, but he has struggled with his shot and scored only 22 points in four preseason games.
In the end, it will be tough for Thompson to make the team. Small forward is the only position where the Sixers don’t need a ton of depth. They have Evan Turner entrenched as the starter and he will log heavy minutes. If head coach Brett Brown decides to go big and move Turner to the shooting guard, he can just slide Thaddeus Young from power forward to small forward.
The Sixers will also likely carry five guards on the active roster, leaving only seven spots for active forwards. Outside of the three starters, you would think Allen, Royce White, Daniel Orton and maybe even Gani Lawal are ahead of Thompson. I even think Brown prefers swingman Rodney Williams over Thompson at this point.
Hopefully Thompson stays on with the Sixers’ D-League affiliate, the Delaware 87ers. I think he has some talent and could develop over time. He has shown a great knack for rebounding and he is very long, which will give him an opportunity to excel defensively. I think Thompson has a future as a role player in the NBA, but just not this season.