Christmas Comes Early For 76ers

28 06 2009

by Michael DeLuca

If the Philadelphia 76ers held a second round pick in Thursday’s NBA draft, they most likely would have been Temple Massachusetts Basketballlooking for a shooting guard. Perhaps a local kid. Perhaps, Lutheran Christian (Philadelphia) graduate and Temple Owls star SG, Dionte Christmas. The Sixers, however, did not have a pick. Surprisingly, Christmas went undrafted and the Sixers phoned just hours later, offering him one of their four remaining spots for the summer pro league in Orlando next week. A team source confirmed that Christmas has accepted the invitation and will join the team’s first-round selection, Jrue Holiday, and second-year pro PF Marreese Speights when workouts commence on July 2. The team plans to announce the other three players to join the summer league team on Monday.

Christmas is the only Atlantic 10 player ever to lead the league in scoring three times, averaging 19.5 in 2009. He is just the fourth Temple player to score over 2,000 career points and set school records for both three-pointers in a season, with 107, and for his career, with 319. For the Sixers, the league’s worst 3 point shooting team in 2009, Christmas has definitely come early!

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28 06 2009
Michael Gill

I like Christmas, I think he has a shot to make the team. If he can come off the bench and hit the shot, he will be able to be a decent NBA player. I am not saying he will be as good a shooter as like Dell Curry, but maybe a Ron Anderson who played for the Sixers and came off the bench and hit a few threes back in the late 80’s

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