This past Monday, the Philadelphia 76ers added another new face to their young roster. They signed 23 year old James Nunnally out of the NBA D-League to a 10-day contract.
Nunnally was undrafted in 2012 out of the University of California, Santa Barbara. Just like the majority of the Sixers squad, Nunnally has very little experience in the NBA.
He spent a couple of weeks on the Phoenix Suns and most recently the Atlanta Hawks. He has also bounced around quite a bit going to several different teams in the D-League.
In order to make room on the current roster for Nunnally, the Sixers parted ways with point guard Eric Maynor. The Sixers received Maynor at the trade deadline along with two second-round draft picks from the Washington Wizards, but he has not seen much action.
So with Maynor out, it is now Nunnally’s turn to show whether or not he can have a future in the NBA. Nunnally should feel right at home in Philadelphia since most of the players on the team are currently in a similar situation.
It almost seems like that this current Sixers season is one big tryout for all of the players on the roster. He is the 21st player on the Sixers team this season, as new members continue to keep coming and going.
Nunnally appeared in his first game with the team the other night against the Indiana Pacers. His stat line was very quiet as he missed the only shot he took and had one assist in nine minutes of action.
Despite the limited minutes he received in his first game, expect him to see more of a role during the duration of his 10-day contract. His game is shooting the ball, which is something the Sixers desperately need at this point in the season.
In the D-League this season, the numbers he put up were remarkable. In 35 games, he has averaged nearly 18 points a game with a field goal percentage of about .470.
The majority of his points came from beyond the three point line. During his time in the D-League, he shot over .400 from downtown.
Even though it is hard to compare D-League numbers to the NBA, the Sixers see the ability Nunnally has when it comes to shooting the ball. They are hoping some of his sharp shooting can carry over to the pro level to fill a void the Sixers have been missing for a long time.
The Sixers rank at the bottom of the league when it comes to shooting the three as they have a team percentage of .307. Their overall field goal percentage is towards the basement at only .431.
After getting rid of their best three point shooter in Spencer Hawes, their offensive numbers started to stagger. Currently, their top three point shooter is Byron Mullens, but he is no real offensive threat.
With Nunnally, they hope he can help stretch out the floor and potentially open up some more lanes for Michael Carter-Williams and Thaddeus Young. With a potent jump shot that Nunnally has, hopefully the offense can improve with him out there.
The Sixers face some good defensive teams in their upcoming games. It will be interesting to see whether or not the presence of Nunnally can help them overcome some of their recent offensive deficiencies.
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