Most of the talk concerning NBA rosters right now is who will or will not be on a summer league squad. Isaiah Briscoe is one of many that will be fighting for a spot in upcoming mini-camps.
The Philadelphia 76ers are holding the 3-day mini-camp at their practice facility, and Briscoe’s production there will likely determine his chances of sticking around for summer league. Camp wraps up on Saturday, and we will likely know his summer league status then.
Leaving Kentucky after two seasons, Briscoe showed increased production in his second year by scoring more and shooting a higher free throw percentage. However, his improvement was not enough to tip the NBA scales and get his name called on draft night.
Given his skill set, it is likely that he will be forced to make a name for himself as a defensive specialist that can come off the bench and rebound from the guard position.
Joining Briscoe in camp are perhaps the two most notable undrafted Kentucky players in the Calipari era, Alex Poythress and Aaron Harrison. Poythress went undrafted last year, but was very impressive in the G-League and ended the season on the 76ers’ roster.
Averaging more than 10 points and almost 5 rebounds per game while in the league, he was even able to start a game before the season was out.
One player who is truly playing for an NBA contract in NBA SL is surprising 76ers standout Alex Poythress— 76ers Scribe NBA (@milroyigglesfan) June 24, 2017
Harrison was undrafted in 2015, but earned a contract with the Hornets before being cut 5 games into last season. He finished the year on the 76ers’ G-League squad, averaging nearly 18 points per game.
Even if Briscoe is not able to make his mark on 76ers brass this summer, Poythress and Harrison are great guys to be around as their journeys have proven that there is more than one way into the league. Looking to these guys as mentors could help Briscoe moving forward with whatever team that ends up giving him a chance.
Do you think Briscoe should “trust the process,” or do you see him having a better chance somewhere else?