It would appear that Philadelphia 76ers GM Sam Hinkie it at least making an effort to address the team’s needs in the backcourt.
According to Shams Charania of RealGM.com, the Sixers have decided to sign guard Scottie Wilbekin to a 4-year deal. This comes little less than a week after offering guard Pierre Jackson a spot on the roster last Monday.
Wilbekin has impressed many with his play during the Las Vegas summer league where he averaged 14.4 points, 2.0 assists and 2.0 rebounds in five games and shot 43.6 percent from the field. He had his best game in the Sixers’ loss to the New York Knicks where he scored 26 points, went 6 of 8 from beyond the arc and sank a couple of clutch foul shots to send the game into overtime.
Wilbekin, who went undrafted in 2014, most recently has played in Greece and Australia and had recently re-signed with the Cairns Taipans but opted out of the deal when he was offered a spot with the Sixers.
The 6-foot-2, 176 pound Wilbekin can play both guard positions but is a natural point guard who can also shoot, which should be a big help for a Sixers team that still doesn’t have a clear picture of who’s playing the 1 at the start of the season. The situation with likely starting point guard Tony Wroten is still in flux as he recovers from surgery to fix a partially torn ACL in his right knee, so some extra depth at the position is not a bad thing.
Wilbekin played college ball at the University of Florida, where he was named SEC Player of the Year and helped the Gators advance to the 2014 NCAA Final Four, where they lost to the Connecticut Huskies.