You may have heard by now, but just in case you haven’t, former Kentucky Wildcat Alex Poythress has been called up to the big show. Poythress has signed a 10-day deal with Philadelphia, as the 76ers are using the NBA-approved injury hardship roster exception to allow them to add a 16th player to their roster.
Poythress spent this season with the Indiana Pacers’ D-League affiliate, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants where he averaged a team leading 18.5 points to go along with 7.1 rebounds, 1.5 assists, and a team leading 1.4 blocks per game.
Watching Poythress play in some D-League games this season, you see the potential he has as an elite level athlete. The Alex Poythress we saw in his freshman year at Kentucky was an absolute monster, but he regressed some over the next few years and an untimely ACL tear was a major set back in his path to the NBA.
Take a look at these two highlight videos of Poythress. The first from his second game ever at Kentucky, as the Cats took on Duke in a top 10 matchup in the State Farm Champions Classic in Atlanta. The second video is from this season with the Mad Ants. The two videos show what Poythress used to do on a nightly basis at Kentucky and what he has done on a nightly basis for Fort Wayne.
46 GP/18.5 PPG / 52.7% FG / 7.1 RPG pic.twitter.com/gUbTh7aYHt
— NBA D-League (@nbadleague) April 2, 2017
With it being near the end of the season and the 76ers having a ton of injuries on their roster, we could see Poythress get some major playing time right off the bat. The 76ers have 6 games remaining this season, over the next 10 days, so hopefully we’ll get to see Poythress show enough that an NBA will take a chance on him for a contract next year as well.
Congratulations to Alex for being yet another member of the BBNBA!