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Philadelphia 76ers rookie Paul Reed produced 27 points and 15 rebounds on assignment Wednesday to lead the Delaware Blue Boats to a 133-111 win over the Iowa Wolves.
The performance marked the fifth consecutive double-double for Reed, who also added a season-high five steals and two blocked shots in 35 minutes of work.
Reed went 13-of-21 from the field, including 1-of-4 from 3-point range.
“Paul is proving to be a real stat-sheet stuffer in the way that he can score, pass and rebound at a high level,” Blue Coats head coach Connor Johnson said on Wednesday. “He is showing his natural talent. I think anyone that watched any of these first five games can see with his length, his skill, his ability to finish around the rim and his ballhandling. He is a pretty dynamic offensive player at this level.”
Reed, who was named the NBA G League Player of the Week, has been arguably the best player of the season to this point.
Over his first five games, Reed is averaging 24 points, 13 rebounds, 2.4 steals, 1.8 assists and 1.4 blocks in 33.6 minutes. He leads all players in scoring and double-doubles, while he ranks second in rebounding and third in steals.
“I’ve been putting in a lot of work but I gotta say the coaching has definitely helped me build my confidence,” Reed said. “They are giving me a lot of trust in me to make shots, make plays. They just put me in a good position to show what I can do and I’m showing what I can do. It’s the coaches, all of the work I’ve put in but it’s the opportunity, for sure, that the coaches have given me.”
The 58th overall pick placed high expectations on himself coming into the bubble, with winning the championship and MVP at the top of that list. Based on his play, Reed has his Blue Coats in a prime position to make a title run while he is certainly among the early favorites for MVP to this point of the season.
The Blue Coats return to action on Friday vs. the Long Island Nets.