Welcome back to “Who’s This Guy?” a look at the 2013-14 Sixers Roster. Yesterday, we met coach Brett Brown. Today we start looking at the players who probably won’t make the team out of training camp and some new additions. First up: Khalif Wyatt
Name: Khalf Wyatt
Number: He’ll have one, maybe…
2013-14 Salary : Not available yet, but probably close to the rookie minimum of $490,180
2012-13 Stats: (Temple) 33.4 MPG, 20.5 PPG, 4.0 APG, 1.7 SPG
How Acquired: Signed by the Sixers as an undrafted free agent.
Pros: Wyatt was a big time player when he was at Temple, he led the team in scoring, and really how often do players average 20 ppg in college? So, that’s impressive. He has a solid game and a pretty high basketball IQ. He’s pretty strong and attacks the basket often. He can hit shots from anywhere on the court and shoots free throws very well. On the defensive end, though he isn’t quick his hands are, he can swipe the ball away from even some of the best ball-handlers on the court.
Cons: He isn’t athletic. He’s 6’4 and can barely dunk. He can’t take defenders off the dribble and doesn’t really create his own shot. He lacks focus defensively and gets beaten on a regular basis because he doesn’t have the quickness to move with his man. If he has a hard time guarding players in college, imagine guarding some of the best athletes in the world. Luckily, he won’t spend much time on the court during the season unless some things go really badly. He’ll most likely spend the season with the 87ers or at the very end of the bench in street clothes.
Temple fans, who are no doubt going slightly insane over this signing, remember: Pepe Sanchez, Mark Karcher, Kevin Lyde, Dionte Christmas all went to camp with the Sixers. The team has a tradition of bringing Temple stars to camp only to cut them because they really aren’t NBA players. Sorry to burst your bubble. Commence hating this post.
Tomorrow: Darius Morris