It took a game-winner from Jayson Tatum for the Boston Celtics to take down Markelle Fultz’s 76ers on opening night in the Utah summer league. Those two guys were the headlining act, but here in Kentucky we had eyes on the ’17 summer debuts of Alex Poythress, Isaiah Briscoe and Aaron Harrison, all with Philadelphia.
Poythress was the star of the bunch, flirting with a double-double with 11 points, eight rebounds, two steals and two blocks. He made a nice case for resigning for more basketball with the Sixers.
Then there was Aaron Harrison in his Sixers debut with 12 points, four assists, two rebounds and four steals.
Isaiah Briscoe’s night was so-so with no points on two missed shots with two boards and two assists. He played a lot of small forward, which isn’t his ideal position.
As for the two mega rookies, Fultz had 17 and looked the part for a No. 1 pick; Tatum had 21 and the deciding bucket. Jaylen Brown had 29, if you care.