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2020 NBA draft profile: Tyrell Terry is an elite shooter

2020 NBA draft profile: Tyrell Terry is an elite shooter

Tyrell Terry

Position: G
Height: 6-2
Weight: 160 
School: Stanford 

If you’re searching for shooting in the 2020 NBA draft, Tyrell Terry is worth a close look. The diminutive guard will need to decide whether to stay in the draft or return to Stanford after averaging 14.6 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists as a freshman. With the early entry withdrawal deadline indefinitely postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic, he’ll have more time to gauge his stock. 

Strengths 

Terry shot 40.8 percent from three-point range and 89.1 percent from the foul line this season. He has a pure, soft shot and can comfortably pull up from well beyond NBA range.

In an interview with Bryan Kalbrosky for HoopsHype, Terry said he watches a lot of Trae Young, Stephen Curry and Mark Price and tries to emulate those players. Comparisons to those three names are flattering, but they’re not entirely absurd. His deep range and ability to shoot off the dribble are qualities that evoke Young. Terry’s sharp relocations off the ball aren’t yet in Curry’s class, but he has impressive instincts as a mover, and as a passer as well. For those unfamiliar with Price, he made four All-Star appearances as a sweet-shooting, 6-foot point guard for the Cavs in the late ‘80s and early ’90s. 

For his size, Terry is an effective finisher around the basket thanks to his excellent body control and touch. After his junior year of high school, Terry played in a Pro-Am league with older players, and he looks like someone who’s already developed tools to compete against larger guys. 

Though the academic institution one attends obviously don’t always correlate with intelligence, Terry comes across as a smart person who won’t be overwhelmed by the non-physical aspects of the NBA. 

Weaknesses 

While he averaged 1.4 steals per game, defense will likely be a concern for Terry in the NBA. He’ll be limited to defending one position because of his size, and it’s valid to be skeptical of his ability to do that well.

Terry’s ball handling is not especially tight, though he can run the pick-and-roll and is also pretty good at keeping the ball moving and being part of an offense. Still, he’s not yet worthy of a legitimate “shot creator” label, and that might not ever be a primary NBA role for him.

His small frame is an unavoidable question. Even if he gains a substantial amount of muscle over the next couple of years, he still would probably have a strength disadvantage in many matchups. 

Fit 

Terry should be intriguing to the Sixers if he remains in the draft and is available at No. 22, where the team would currently select in the first round. He should be very attractive if he’s on the board at No. 34 or No. 36.

Terry's combination of elite shooting and secondary playmaking skills would be welcome on the Sixers. The defensive worries would be less of an issue here than on many other teams, since the Sixers have the versatility to minimize Terry’s weaknesses on that end.  



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Sixers' Joel Embiid jokes he'll lose 50 pounds because of food at Disney World

Sixers' Joel Embiid jokes he'll lose 50 pounds because of food at Disney World

The Sixers departed on Thursday for life in the NBA’s quasi-bubble in Orlando.

They stepped on board their flight with a variety of styles. Joel Embiid’s all-white, hazmat suit look was by far the most unique. 

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The NBA’s health and safe protocols mandate that a player or staff member stays in their individual hotel room — the Sixers are at Disney’s Grand Floridian Hotel — while the result of the coronavirus test they took at arrival is returned. Another test then must be taken at least 24 hours after that initial test and also come back as negative for one to advance to Phase 4, which includes team activities such as practice. 

Not every player in Orlando has been a fan of the food during this quarantine period and photos like the one Nuggets guard Troy Daniels shared were not the most appetizing. 

This prompted The New York Times’ Marc Stein to report that “player meals won’t look like airline trays after the first 48 hours.”

As the Sixers transition to the next stage of this unprecedented process, Embiid showed his meal on Instagram with some characteristic humor. 

Yes, that last photo is really Embiid, at a Basketball without Borders camp in 2011.

Though Embiid said Tuesday he doesn’t believe in the NBA’s plan to resume play and laid out a number of concerns, he seems to be having as much fun as he can under the unusual circumstances. 

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Twitter drama with Joel Embiid and Kendrick Perkins involves liked and deleted tweets

Twitter drama with Joel Embiid and Kendrick Perkins involves liked and deleted tweets

Joel Embiid doesn’t tweet much nowadays.

He appeared to make a statement, though, via a recent tweet he liked.

ESPN analyst Kendrick Perkins on Wednesday night criticized Embiid for noting he “hated” the NBA’s plan to restart the season at Disney World and still does not think it’s safe enough. Perkins’ reaction was devoid of empathy and did not address Embiid’s legitimate concerns, instead framing Embiid's comments as "just an excuse."

Embiid then liked a tweet showing “prime Kendrick Perkins,” which features air balled jumpers, ungainly charges and many other lowlights. 

Perkins later felt compelled to reply with a reel of more positive NBA moments for himself. 

A champion with the 2008 Celtics, Perkins averaged 5.4 points and 5.8 rebounds in 782 NBA games. A three-time All-Star, Embiid has career averages of 24.1 points and 11.5 rebounds. There's clearly a disparity. 

There was another layer to the mini-drama Thursday afternoon as Perkins reacted to Embiid wearing a hazmat suit before boarding the Sixers’ flight to Orlando.

Perkins tweeted the following in response to Embiid’s attire: 

However, according to a slew of Twitter users commenting on that post, Perkins initially sent and then deleted a harsher message that told Embiid he should have opted out.

While Perkins’ antics have been foolish, they shouldn’t overshadow Embiid’s legitimate concerns. Perkins does not seem to acknowledge that it's possible to weigh various factors before making a difficult decision, which is what Embiid has done by choosing to travel to Orlando despite being wary of playing during a pandemic, and in an area where cases have recently spiked. 

The Sixers’ first game at Disney World is scheduled for Aug. 1 against the Indiana Pacers (see schedule).

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