Smith delivered 18 points (8-19 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 1-2 FT), five rebounds, three assists and two steals across 35 minutes during the 76ers' 84-81 overtime loss to the Thunder in a Las Vegas Summer League game Monday. The 2018 first-round pick continued his strong summer league performances with a team-leading scoring total, and he's now posted three straight double-digit point tallies in Las Vegas. Smith is thought to have plenty of untapped potential after having only played in six regular-season games during his rookie campaign, and he's encouragingly receiving plenty of minutes thus far in summer league play.
Smith recorded 14 points (4-9 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 4-5 FT), four rebounds, one assist, and one steal in 24 minutes during Saturday's 96-82 loss to the Celtics. Smith has been impressive through the first two summer league tilts here this offseason, and he's likely expected to maintain a reserve role as a sophomore. Smith's willingness to let it fly from beyond the arc theoretically should improve his odds of earning more substantial minutes, as he's already a pretty well-rounded player with high-level athleticism and a good feel for the game on both ends of the floor.
Smith will play during summer league, Rich Hofmann of The Athletic reports. Smith played only six games last season, missing the vast majority of the season due to a Jones fracture in his foot, plus an allergic reaction to a food product. He'll look to get a fresh start during summer league.
Smith is inactive for Game 2 against the Raptors on Monday, Blake Murphy of The Athletic reports. The Sixers activated Amir Johnson as a precaution after Joel Embiid (illness) missed morning shootaround, so Smith has been handed an inactive designation. He logged four minutes and recorded a steal in Game 1.
Smith could see minutes during Saturday's Game 1 against the Raptors, Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Coach Brett Brown called Smith an "incredible athlete" who "isn't afraid of the moment." With Mike Scott (heel) out for Game 1, the 76ers already thin bench has gotten thinner. As a result, coach Brown will entertain the idea of giving Smith some minutes. The rookie played just one minute during Round 1, but he picked up two starts in April, averaging 14.0 points, 3.5 assists and 3.0 rebounds in 31.0 minutes.
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