ESPN impressed by Sixers rookie Paul Reed’s G League performance

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While the Philadelphia 76ers of the present are working toward winning a championship with a talented group of players, the Sixers of the future are in the G League bubble in Orlando working on their own development.

The Sixers have two rookies with their affiliate, the Delaware Blue Coats, as they continue to produce and develop for the future. Those rookies are second-round selections Paul Reed and Isaiah Joe.

Reed has been with the Blue Coats the entire season. Joe was just recently sent there. Reed has been performing very well since the beginning of the G League season, and he is catching the eye of just about everybody on the basketball circuit.

ESPN threw a lot of praise his way in its latest G League review:

The big revelation has come with Reed’s jump shot — he’s been able to knock down 44% of his 3-pointers despite struggling from distance in college and sporting unorthodox shooting mechanics. He has excellent touch, which manifests itself with the impressive creativity he shows finishing around the basket from difficult vantage points as well as how reliable Reed is from the free-throw line.

Being able to step into wide open 3-pointers with time and space as slower-footed defenders retreat has helped Reed find an excellent rhythm in pick-and-pop situations. He’s very dangerous attacking closeouts, pushing the ball off the defensive glass and using his excellent quickness, length and intensity as an offensive rebounder as well. The game still moves a little too fast for Reed at times, but there were very few big men at this level able to match up with his style of play.

The Sixers will still have a few veterans ahead of him in the 2021-22 season, but with his strong play in Orlando, Reed should earn a roster spot either with the Sixers or with another team for next season.

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