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News » Singletary plays a numbers game in Sixers camp

Singletary plays a numbers game in Sixers camp

Singletary plays a numbers game in Sixers camp Sean Singletary is the only true point guard on the 76ers roster, but the chances that he'll remain there are about as slim as the double teams he routinely splits.

Singletary, from Penn Charter and then the University of Virginia, is a 6-foot guard with prototypical guard skills: speed, ballhandling and quickness.

But right now, the Sixers' guard spots are loaded with contracted players: Lou Williams, Willie Green, Royal Ivey, Jrue Holiday, even Andre Iguodala, currently playing the two-spot.

On Saturday, the Sixers finished training camp at St. Joseph's University.

They practice today at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine before leaving for London, Ontario, for their first preseason game tomorrow night against the Toronto Raptors.

As of the end of last week, coach Eddie Jordan said the staff was not yet considering roster decisions. The Sixers currently have 13 players under contract, meaning there are two open roster positions.

Jordan said that Singletary does bring a skill - pure point guard - the Sixers lack, but that the goal of each free agent is to compel the coaching staff to "go upstairs" and persuade management to keep 14.

Singletary said his role was to change the pace of the game, defend the ball 94 feet, and bring energy.

"I try to come in and work out every day to keep a rhythm just in case they decide to keep me on the team," Singletary said. "You never know. I don't know what the plan is, but my plan is to work hard every day and just get better."

Singletary was selected in the second round of the 2008 NBA draft, 42d overall by the Sacramento Kings. He was traded to the Houston Rockets, then to the Phoenix Suns, and finally to the Charlotte Bobcats, all within his rookie season. Last season, Singletary appeared in 13 games for the Suns and 24 for the Bobcats.

"Being with Larry Brown last year in Charlotte and playing behind Steve Nash [with the Suns] the first part of my rookie season, I learned a lot from those guys, hopefully enough to bring it out here and incorporate my speed and quickness and hopefully be a match for this team," Singletary said.

Singletary said he had enjoyed Jordan's read-and-react offense because it's "a thinking man's offense." Added Singletary: "It's tough to learn, but once you get it, once everybody gets real cohesive with it, it's tough to stop, nobody wants to guard it."

Singletary said he had opportunities elsewhere but assessed the Sixers' roster situation and thought he could provide something unique.

"I knew they had combo guards but no real point guard, so I thought I could come here and help this team," Singletary said. "It's a good situation for me, being home, being around, and knowing what they need."

More than the Princeton. Jordan said Saturday that he had "normal NBA sets" in the offensive package as a precautionary measure considering the layered, in-depth nature of the Princeton offense.

"This team does play hard, and we have other things we can go to if they don't get the grasp of the offense early in the season," Jordan said. "We have normal NBA sets in our package. When I see them struggle, we'll go to some standard stuff. I tried to do that in practice the other day, and they went back to the Princeton. That's what they like to do."

Contact staff writer Kate Fagan at 856-779-3844 or kfagan@phillynews.com.

Author: Fox Sports
Author's Website: http://www.foxsports.com
Added: October 5, 2009


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