Poythress got to see extended NBA action for the first time in his career at the tail-end of last season with the 76ers, where he averaged 10.7 points and 4.8 rebounds over the course of six games. He spent majority of last season with the Pacers' G League affiliate, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, where he averaged 18.5 points and 7.1 rebounds in 46 games, so the organization has plenty of familiarity with the former Kentucky standout. Poythress will likely spend most of the 2017-18 season with the Mad Ants with some occasional call ups to the Pacers.
Polythress started at power forward and scored 18 points (9-14 FG, 0-3 3Pt) while adding six rebounds, one assist and one steal in 32 minutes during Wednesday's 114-113 loss to the Knicks.
The rookie out of Kentucky scored his career high on the final night of the season. He only play six games all season, all in April. He averaged 26.0 minutes, 10.7 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.
Poythress will start at power forward in Wednesday's game against the Knicks, Jessica Camerato of CSN Philadelphia reports.
With Dario Saric given the night off to rest, Alex Poythress will get the start in what could end up being his final game in a 76ers uniform. The 23-year-old out of Kentucky has played 20-plus minutes in each of his first five games with Philadelphia, but will likely have the opportunity to play an excess of 30 minutes Wednesday in Saric's absence, as he'll look to make a lasting impression on the organization. Poythress has averaged 9.2 points and 4.6 rebounds per game since joining the 76ers and is coming off scoring a career-high 15 points in 23 minutes against the Pacers on Monday.
Poythress' 10-day contract with the 76ers expired after Monday's loss to the Pacers, but the team opted to extend his deal ahead of Wednesday's season finale with the Knicks. The undrafted rookie has been a productive contributor off the bench through his five appearances with the lottery-bound 76ers, averaging 9.2 points (on 40% shooting), 4.6 rebounds and 1.2 three-pointers in 25.0 minutes per game. He should be in store for another ample workload off the bench Wednesday with the 76ers heading into the contest with just 10 healthy players.
Poythress provided 15 points (5-8 FG, 5-7 3Pt), one rebound, and one steal in 23 minutes during Monday's 120-111 loss to the Pacers.
Poythress pitched in career highs in scoring and threes, this after making just one-of-nine from beyond the arc through his first four games. Poythress sank 0.7 treys per contest (on 40.3 percent shooting) in 46 games with the NBA D-League's Fort Wayne Mad Ants this season, but he made just 0.3 per game (on 30.2 percent) over four years at the University of Kentucky. As a power forward, Poythress will need to keep showing he can make outside shots, and Monday's results were certainly encouraging in that regard.
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