Sixers fans and NBA fans alike took a break Monday night from the ever developing offseason trades and signings to witness the debut of the number one overall pick Markelle Fultz.
While he put on a show scoring 16 points in a heartbreaking loss to the Celtics and fellow rookie Jayson Tatum, the team as a whole was less than stellar.
Yes it was the first professional game for many of these young players, but the team only managed to shoot 40.5% from the field and 31.2% from behind the arc, marks that the coaching staff certainly want to improve going into game two against the Jazz.
The good news after the team’s poor shooting performance is that they still had many opportunities to win the game and even put together a 25-3 run in the second half, and it took a game-winner from Tatum to put the sixers away.
The sixers also had 11 blocks, with Jonah Bolden leading the way with four and Fultz displaying his length and athleticism with three.
So going into tonight’s game, what do sixers fans expect from their young talent?
To start, the 2016 26th pick Furkan Korkmaz is ready to make his pro debut tonight after uncertainty over if he would play at all this summer.
Korkmaz is a 6’7″ G/F from Turkey who was touted as one of the best shooters in his draft class, so of course fans want to see him stretch the floor and provide some much needed shooting.
As for Fultz, sixers fans want to see him prove he is a winner.
The biggest questions about Fultz coming into the league have been about his ability to win and make his teammates better.
Fultz’s Washington Huskies finished with an abysmal nine win record last college season and failed to make the NCAA tournament, so the best way Fultz can silence the doubters is to make winning plays this summer and then help win games in the NBA.
Fultz had a great opportunity in his first game to prove himself a winner but got his potential game-winning shot blocked at the rim by Jaelyn Brown.
After failing to will his team to a win, Fultz responded by saying “I know what I have to do now.”
Exciting words to hear for any sixers fan.
Timothe Luwau-Cabborot, better known as TLC, showed great development throughout last season in both his scoring and playmaking ability and continued to impress fans with 16 points, seven boards, five assists and zero turnovers in game one.
Although he only shot 6/17 from the field and 1/9 from three, fans were happy to see him be aggressive and hope to see more efficiency from him tonight.
Sixers fans are pleased and excited by what they saw from their new crop of players, but there is always room for improvement.
The biggest thing sixers fans want to see are wins, so making winning plays against the Jazz will be the key aspect fans and critics will be looking for from not only Fultz, but the sixers organization as well.
With 2014 5th overall pick Dante Exum set to go up against Fultz, he will have a great opportunity to impress against an athletic young player.