LAS VEGAS — Furkan Korkmaz is a shooter. He will have to be more than that on the Sixers.
Korkmaz is learning to adapt playing without the ball in his hands during summer league. The shooting guard will not be an offensive centerpiece next season, and he is using the time in Las Vegas to adapt to that role.
“He’s not going to be a guy that has the ball in his hands a lot next year,” Las Vegas Summer League head coach Lloyd Pierce said. “So he’s got to create shots with his movement. He’s got to create shots with his spacing.”
Korkmaz echoed Pierce about his shot-creation abilities. He believes his court vision will help the Sixers, too.
Pierce also would like the 6-foot-8 Korkmaz to improve his defense, which can earn the rookie more playing time.
“He does have to figure out how he can get in and make an impact,” Pierce said.
Korkmaz has been starting for the Sixers in Vegas but will come off the bench in the regular season. He has shot 35.3 percent (12 for 34) from the field and 35.0 percent (7 for 20) from three in four summer league games.
Korkmaz attempted 13 field goals on Sunday against the Spurs. Pierce said in retrospect, he would have made Korkmaz more involved in the offense during the first half. Pierce could make adjustments in the Sixers’ next game, Tuesday against the Celtics.
“Everybody likes to play with the ball,” Korkmaz said. “I think the most important thing is playing without [it].”