Written by Garrett Catalana – @GarrettCatalana
UPDATE: The Sixers have signed Chasson Randle to a ten-day contract
With the need for some guard insurance with injuries to Ben Simmons, Jerryd Bayless, and Sergio Rodriguez, the Sixers are set to try out four NBA D-League point guards Monday in Camden according to Keith Pompey of philly.com. Those four are Briante Weber, Yogi Ferrell, Chasson Randle, and Cat Barber.
The Sixers had waived guard Hollis Thompson a few days ago, putting the roster at 14, one short of the NBA max. Unless there is something in the works for a trade, the final roster spot will probably go towards a couple of ten-day contracts from some of the best point guards the NBA D-League has to offer until Ben Simmons returns to the court.
Here are the profiles of those four coming in for a tryout:
Briante Weber, Sioux Falls Skyforce
- Age: 24
- Height: 6’2
- Weight: 165
- College: VCU
- 2016-17 Stats: 21 games, 35.6 MPG, 14.1 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 7.0 APG, 3.2 SPG
– Briante Weber came out of VCU with all sorts of defensive accolades (CAA All-Defensive Team, 3x Atlantic 10 All-Defensive Team, and 3x Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year) but was undrafted because of an injury sustained his senior year. Weber had torn his ACL and MCL in January of 2015, but the Heat decided to sign him for training camp but he was unable to pass his physical. Eventually he made his way to the Heat’s D-League affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce, where he played well enough to earn a ten-day contract with the Memphis Grizzlies in March of 2016 and later played out the remaining part of the season with the Heat. Weber was waived this past summer and has been playing some good basketball in Sioux Falls ready to come back to the NBA. He is a defensive specialist with decent point guard size who can also distribute the basketball but the issue has always been his shooting (42% from the field and just 27% from three). If the Sixers want more defense, Weber is the clear choice of the four point guards.
Yogi Ferrell, Long Island Nets
- Age: 23
- Height: 6’0
- Weight: 158
- College: Indiana
- 2016-17 Stats: 13 games, 35.0 MPG, 19.3 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 5.5 APG, 1.8 SPG
– After a lot of team and individual success at Indiana University, Ferrell surprisingly went undrafted this past draft, but he was signed by the Brooklyn Nets for training camp. While he was the final cut for the Nets, he was assigned to the Nets’ D League team, the Long Island Nets as an affiliate player. Since then he has been up and down with both Brooklyn and Long Island after the NBA Nets resigned him on November 9th, but eventually he was released in favor of Spencer Dinwiddie on December 8th. He resigned with the Long Island Nets again and has been there ever since. Ferrell is a shifty point guard with a quick first step and good handles, with a strong jump shot and underrated vision. Ferrell would be a solid option for the Sixers.
Chasson Randle, Westchester Knicks
- Age: 23
- Height: 6’2
- Weight: 185
- College: Stanford
- 2016-17 Stats: 19 games, 32.0 MPG, 20.7 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 3.4 APG, 1.1 SPG
– After going undrafted out of Stanford, Randle signed with CEZ Nymburk of the Czech Republic’s NBL, helping them win the league title in his first pro season. He returned stateside to join the New York Knicks for the 2016 Summer League. He played well enough to be signed for training camp but was cut prior to the start of the regular season, joining the Westchester Knicks. Randle has the speed and ball handling to excel on the offensive end, playing more like a scoring guard rather than a point guard. He has an impressive three point shot (the best of the four) and his 6’7 wingspan that allows him to play as a combo guard in the NBA. If the Sixers want an outside touch, Randle is the choice.
Cat Barber, Delaware 87ers
- Age: 23
- Height: 6’1
- Weight: 173
- College: NC State
- 2016-17: 19 games, 31.4 MPG, 13.9 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 4.1 APG, 1.0 APG
– Many Sixers fans are familiar with Cat Barber as a member of Sixers training camp this past summer, but he was cut prior to the regular season. The Sixers designated him as an affiliate player and now plays for the Delaware 87ers. Barber’s game relies on quickness and acceleration, where few defenders could stay in front of him at NC State, but after watching him closely both in person and on film, I don’t believe that quickness has translated at the professional level. He isn’t blowing by his defenders (which included Yogi Ferrell in the game I attended) and he isn’t setting up his teammates well either. He is a good three-point shooter (41%) but is very much a liability on the defensive end. Overall, I believe he’s the least NBA-ready of the four point guards.
So if the Sixers decide to sign any of these four point guards, whom they sign is very much dependent on what type of skillset they deem is needed on the team. If they want a defensive-minded PG, Weber is the choice. If they want the best all-around PG, Ferrell is the choice. If they want more of a combo guard who can play a few minutes at the two, Randle is the choice. If they want the player who they are most familiar with and is a decent scoring threat, Barber is the choice.
We will see who gets the final roster spot.
Photo: Woogie8439 (via: Wikimedia Commons)