76ers coach Brett Brown
forward Hollis Thompson
could “be a keeper,” despite being the last man to make
his team’s roster.
Thompson, 22, has been getting
increasing opportunities to play, including 17 minutes Monday against Golden
State and five minutes in the first half Wednesday against Washington. The 6-8,
206-pounder figures to be one of the first guys off the bench for however long
center Daniel Orton
is sidelined with right knee soreness.
“I think he has a real chance
to be a keeper,” Brown said of Thompson. “His process is going to be slower.
The time’s he’s come into the games, I think he’s been OK. His opportunity is
in a comfortable place. … I think he’s an NBA player for a while. His worth
ethic is high. I like him.”
Thompson, the last player to
survive preseason cuts late last month, views these last few games as an
opportunity to find footing with the Sixers.
“I do what the coaches tell me
to do, and do it to the best of my abilities,” said Thompson, a Georgetown
product. “Coach (Brown) has given me an opportunity to help the team, so when I
go in, I try to rebound. …I definitely think that I have something to prove.”
The Sixers hosted Cleveland
Friday in the front-end of a home-and-home series. They’ll visit the Cavaliers
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