Instant analysis: Sixers sign second-year point guard Grant Riller

NCAA BASKETBALL: DEC 15 Charleston at East Carolina
GREENVILLE, NC – DECEMBER 15: Charleston Cougars guard Grant Riller (1) sits on the bench in a NCAA Basketball game between the East Carolina Pirates and the Charleston Cougars on December 15, 2016 at Williams Area at Minges Coliseum in Greenville, NC. Charleston defeated East Carolina 53 – 35. (Photo by Greg Thompson/Icon Sportswire)

After parting ways with Rayjon Tucker this morning, the Sixers have made a corresponding roster move in the way of signing second-year PG Grant Rillier.

Riller was a second-round pick last year and spent his rookie season under the radar in Charlotte. He appeared in seven games, totalling 18 points. When looking back at his numbers prior to being drafted though, it’s easy to see the potential.

Riller averaged 26.9 points per 40 minutes at Charleston and ranks first all-time in career 30-point games for the program, and 13th all-time in assists.

In the 2018-19 season, he started all 33 games for Charleston, ranking 20th nationally averaging a team-leading 21.9 points per game, and ranked at the top of the team in assists as well. He also added a 53.8% FG percentage, proving to be the team’s top shooter.

He actually spent some time with our Sixers managing editor, Zach Ciavolella, prior to the NBA Draft. When asked about what kind of player the Sixers would be getting if they select him, he stated the following:

Grant: That they’re getting a humble player, somebody that is coming in, going to do all the right things, gonna work hard to be the best player he can, and from day one try to help the team as much as I can.

Riller was projected to be a solid three-point-shooter at the NBA level before being drafted (36.4% per Tankathon) and it’s clear that the Sixers are looking for long-term growth on the wing. A versatile guard such as Riller makes a fine addition to the team.

Photo by Greg Thompson/Icon Sportswire

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