G League: Due to Joel Embiid’s injury, third-year Philadelphia 76ers centre Paul Reed had a chance to shine on Tuesday against the Brooklyn Nets.
Reed was one of five Philadelphia players to score 16 points or more as the undermanned Sixers shocked Brooklyn 115-106. In 31 minutes off the bench, Reed ended with 19 points, 10 rebounds, three steals, and two blocks on 7 of 9 (77.8%) shooting.
Although Paul Reed was only playing an average of 8.0 minutes per game prior, he has previously shown in the NBA G League that he has a high ceiling. Here are his stats from his tenure in the G League in that regard.
Paul Reed was signed to a two-way contract by Philadelphia in 2020 after being selected 58th overall by the Sixers. He would then alternate between the Sixers and their G League team, the Delaware Blue Coats, as a result.
Reed had a strong season in his first year with the Blue Coats. In 15 games, he shot 58.8% from the field and averaged 22.3 points, 11.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.9 steals, and 1.8 blocks. He was given the Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year awards for the G League in 2020–2021 as a result of these statistics.
Reed made history by becoming the first athlete from Delaware to take home either honour. Additionally, Reed assisted in guiding the Blue Coats to their first-ever postseason appearance.
On March 26, 2021, the Sixers changed Reed’s two-way contract into a regular NBA contract as a result of his strong play. Reed’s potential was at the time highly praised by Sixers president Daryl Morey.
Paul has established himself at every level, and Morey predicted that the NBA would be his next stop.
“The G League MVP is almost always awarded to seasoned players with previous professional experience. He has incredible NBA potential, as evidenced by the fact that he won in his rookie season “Morey went on.
Last year, Reed participated in nine games for the Delaware Blue Coats. On 57.3% shooting, Reed had a game average of 22.3 points, 13.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.4 steals, and 1.8 blocks. Overall, Reed’s outstanding G League play demonstrated that he merits a genuine opportunity in the NBA.