The Morgan City, Louisiana native turned aside 10 shots in summer league play as well.
He accounted for.5 rebounds per game, which, on a per 36 minute basis, translated.7 boards.Plays hard, hes shown his athleticism, his toughness, has knocked down some shots, finishes around the discours remise de prix basket, its encouraging, Pierce said.Against the NBA D-League Select Team, he was a perfect three-for-three from the perimeter.Indeed, Long had been slotted behind rising second-year big men Richaun Holmes and Christian Wood, before Wood inked a deal with Charlotte, in the Sixers summer frontcourt rotation.We know weve got him coming into camp.The 23-year old was tabbed the 2016 Sun Belt Player of the Year, and concluded his ncaa career as the conferences all-time leader in minutes played and total rebounds.Hes been the odd man out, got his opportunity, and responded with a great performance.Just a blessing, a humbling experience, said Long about landing with the Sixers.Im very thankful for the opportunity the Sixers have gave.Its one of my strong points, and hopefully it gets stronger.
As for the encouraging signs that Long showed, his offense, like it was on July 13th, proved efficient.If his coach werent screwing him, Pierce joked in Las Vegas, then hed have an opportunity to play a lot more.".Long also contributed on the defensive end.The Sixers quickly bought into Longs potential, signing the undrafted rookie to a free agent contract on July 8th.He averaged roughly 19 minutes over his final three outings, after logging nine minutes per tilt his first five games.Just opportunity, said Lloyd Pierce, the Sixers lead coach in Las Vegas, when asked about the decisive factor in Longs output versus the nbadl Select squad.An approach that, so far, has worked in Longs favor.