As of now, I’ve given roster spots to just 6 players, and with a maximum of 15, there still leaves a lot to be filled. The next player I’m looking at is PG Casper Ware. Ware was in his first season in the NBA last year after spending the beginning of his career in Italy. But he didn’t just “spend time” there, he actually won the MVP of his league, averaging over 20 PPG. After two years in Italy, he was given a 10-day contract by the Sixers, one of the many players they were trying out. He was placed in the backup role to Michael Carter-Williams, but struggled early, shooting just 5/23 for 15 points in his first four games with the team. Despite these struggles, he was given a second 10-day contract, and eventually was signed on for the rest of the season.
After those four games where he struggled, he played just 7 minutes combined in the next 4 games, and it was looking as if they’d given up on him. When he came back, he was given less minutes, but was much more efficient as a scorer, going 12/17 for 30 points in his next four games combined to end the season. He had 9 and 10 points respectively in the last two games, both of which were wins for the Sixers. He was becoming a solid and reliable shooter off the bench to backup Carter-Williams. He also could shoot the three, averaging one 3-pointer a game in those last four games.
He finished the season averaging 5.1 PPG, 1.0 RPG, and 1.1 APG in 12.9 minutes per game. Nothing special, but enough to be a solid backup PG who can relieve MCW in the few times that he comes off the court. He played well, but I’m not sure if it’ll be enough to keep him around next year. The Sixers have five 2nd picks in this year’s draft, and I have a strong feeling that they’re going to use one of them to draft a backup PG. They’re already worked out a bunch of guys at the position, and it would definitely make sense to at least take one. So, while I like Ware, I don’t see him having a spot on the roster for next year. I have nothing against him, it just doesn’t seem like he’ll be in their future.
Verdict: let him enter free agency