By Jerry Wein
The Sixers had an off-day in LA yesterday between Thursday night’s win over the Lakers and tonight’s Clippers game.
But they made some news by signing Paul Reed to a standard NBA contract and Mason Jones to a two-way deal.
The 6-9 Reed averaged 22.3 points, 11.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.9 steals and 1.8 blocks for the Delaware Blue Coats in the G League’s bubble in Orlando.
Sixers president of basketball operations Daryl Morey called Reed “super underrated” after taking him with the 58th pick in the NBA draft.
Head coach Doc Rivers had to use Reed at center in the Sixers’ win Thursday night over the Lakers after Dwight Howard was ejected. He thought Reed did well under difficult circumstances in his first meaningful NBA minutes since January.
“Paul was great, other than that three with 19 seconds on the clock in the fourth quarter,” he said with a laugh. “It was so tough for him, because we hadn’t used him at the five ever. He didn’t know any of the coverages defensively. That just put him in such a tough spot. The only offensive play he knew was the one set we run, ‘Delay,’ because that’s what they ran for him in the G League, and so we started running that and got two layups for him out of that. But he’s just one of those guys who has a nose for the ball, he finds the ball, he plays with amazing energy, and he was good for our team.”