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Sixers rookie Ricky Council IV reacts to making NBA debut vs. Bulls

PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia 76ers were missing some key wing pieces heading into their matchup with the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday at home. With De’Anthony Melton, Robert Covington, and Furkan Korkmaz all out, the Sixers needed to add some players to the roster.

Therefore, they called up their two-way players. Rookies Terquavion Smith and Ricky Council IV as well as Kenneth Lofton Jr. were all in uniform on Tuesday in a 110-97 win over the Bulls.

With the game in hand, Council IV made his NBA debut in the fourth quarter. He played a little over six minutes and didn’t record a stat while missing his one field goal attempt, but he got on the floor and that’s the most important thing for him right now.

“It was amazing,” said Council IV after the win. “I got a text this morning about being called up. It was kinda unexpected. I got here and I was into it the whole game, and I heard my name called, it was an amazing experience that I’ll remember forever.”

Through 16 G League games thus far with the Delaware Blue Coats, Council IV is averaging 24.3 points and 5.3 rebounds while shooting 39.8% from deep. The shooting percentage and the rebounding are something that the Sixers have wanted him to work on.

“Just my shooting consistency and rebounding,” he explained. “I feel like I’ve already showed I can do both of those things so just continuing to do that throughout the season, I think things will play out right.”

Being up with the NBA team, even if it’s just for a day, can do wonders for somebody like Council IV as well as Smith and Lofton. These moments are going to help them move forward as they continue with their NBA careers.

It allows them to soak up anything they can take from the experience.

“Their communication, defensive tendencies, I was looking at both of those tonight,” finished Council IV. “On court communication…and then how certain guys play defense on each other. I’m watching how guys guard (DeMar) DeRozan. I’m watching how they guarded Coby White. Just watching little things like that.”

Story originally appeared on Sixers Wire