If you have been watching the Sixers preseason games you know that this team is solid from top to bottom. This is a good thing because it has sparked a lot of competition between the players and through all of that. There is just one final roster spot left!
The battle for the final roster spot will be between veteran guard Damien Wilkins and rookie free agent forward Devin Searcy. Searcy, the power forward out of Dayton has only played in two games this preseason and is only averaging 2.o points per game. But what is intriguing about the young forward is his size. Searcy is 6’10′ and 230 lbs and it couldn’t hurt the Sixers to have another young big man on the squad.
According to John N. Mitchell of the Philadelphia Inquirer, he states ”the leadership that Wilkins adds to the team could give Wilkins the edge with 76ers coach Doug Collins and associate head coach Michael Curry.” I could definitely see this move happening as this team also needs some more veteran presence on the court and in the locker room.
Wilkins has that veteran presence that has kept him in the league for eight years. Last season with the Pistons, he averaged 15.4 minutes in 60 games. Wilkins has also played for Seattle, Oklahoma City, Minnesota, and Atlanta. Mitchell also writes that “Last year, that guy was veteran center Tony Battie. This year, don’t be surprised if it is swingman Damien Wilkins.” Mitchell is commenting on that veteran presence once again that the Sixers coaching staff could be leaning towards.
This preseason, Wilkins has played in four games, averaging 19.5 minutes and 3.5 points per game. This kind of production in the preseason is great to see and it could be the winning factor that wins Wilkins the final roster spot. But do not count out Devin Searcy just yet. This kid unlike Wilkins is young and has tons of upside so this will be a very tough decision for head coach Doug Collins and the rest of the Sixers coaching staff.
Jovan Alford is a staff writer for The Sixer Sense, a writer for Buzz On Broad covering the Philadelphia 76ers and Local College Basketball, a writer for Philly Sports Nut, and is a writer for Rant Sports covering the A-10 Conference for College Basketball.
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