Each and every 7 days, “Coat Check” will spotlight the Delaware Blue Coats, the NBA G League affiliate of the Philadelphia 76ers.
As the February slate picks up for the Blue Coats (12-19), the group officially welcomed yet another new facial area to the fold —7-foot huge man Justin Patton.
(Patton and rookie Zhaire Smith are at this time on assignment from the 76ers to the Blue Coats.)
Acquired by the Sixers along with Jimmy Butler in a November trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Patton designed his season debut in Tuesday’s matinee versus the Austin Spurs (San Antonio Spurs). The former Creighton Bluejay was earlier sidelined with a Jones fracture in his ideal foot.
The 21-calendar year-old Patton posted 8 factors (4-10 fg, -2 3fg), a few rebounds, a single guide, and a few steals in 12 initial-fifty percent minutes.
.@sixers assignee @JustinPatton17 designed his 2018-19 DEBUT with the @blue_coats on Tuesday afternoon, tallying 8 PTS, 3 REB & 3 STL in just underneath 13 minutes of motion @BluejayMBB @sixers @blue_coats pic.twitter.com/joQaZCA66j
— NBA G League (@nbagleague) February 5, 2019
Prior to Patton’s debut, the Blue Coats closed out the month of January with a home again-to-again at 76ers Fieldhouse. They picked up their initial victory at the new facility Jan. 29 versus the Grand Rapids Drive (Detroit Pistons), 108-100, then fell to the Windy Metropolis Bulls (Chicago Bulls), 119-110, the up coming night.
The Blue Coats opened February with a prosperous quit in Arizona, defeating the Northern Arizona Suns (Phoenix Suns), 117-107, final Saturday guiding a season-superior 22 a few-stage field targets.
The Blue Coats at this time rank third in the NBA G League in rebounds for every match (48.2), third in blocks for every match (6.6), and seventh in assists for every match (24.3).
A occupied extend for Milton finished in unlucky vogue Tuesday afternoon, when he suffered a broken finger in Blue Coats’ reduction to Austin.
Milton recorded 6 factors and 4 rebounds in 20 minutes for the Sixers in Saturday’s 115-108 reduction at the Sacramento Kings.
Highsmith appeared in final week’s Tuesday/Wednesday again-to-again in Delaware, as well as Saturday’s win in Arizona. In 28 G League online games this season, the 22-calendar year-old rookie is averaging 12.9 factors, 6.7 rebounds, and 2.4 assists in 33. minutes for every match.
Highsmith dressed for the 76ers Tuesday night versus the Toronto Raptors.
76ers head mentor Brett Brown, on Justin Patton:
“He’s a single of these young men who pursuits us for the reason that he has a bounce, he can shoot a very long ball. He’s a very good kid. I assume he’s a intelligent, young player.”
Player Spotlight: RYAN ANDERSON (6-9, 215 LBS)
Last Five: 5 GP | 11.4 PPG | 11.4 RPG | 5.4 ORPG
Season: 28 GP | 7.5 PPG | 8.3 RPG | 2.8 ORPG
Basketball Reality: Has 10+ rebounds in 11 online games this season (a few online games with 17 rebounds)
Basketball Reality II: Named California Mr. Basketball in 2011 at Very long Beach Poly Superior College
The Blue Coats return to 76ers Fieldhouse for a Thursday night conference with the Very long Island Nets (Brooklyn Nets) at 7:00 p.m. The group then welcomes the Iowa Wolves (Minnesota Timberwolves) on Saturday at 7:00 p.m.
Thursday’s Black Background Thirty day period Celebration will honor Delaware Point out University president Dr. Wilma Mishoe, although Saturday is Scout Night, featuring in-arena cookie sales and regional scout recognition.
For the comprehensive 2018-19 advertising plan or to order tickets, remember to stop by SIXERS.COM/BlueCoats.
Photos: Wayne Terry