Instant analysis: Sixers waive Rayjon Tucker

PHILADELPHIA, PA – MAY 07: Shirts line the seats of the Wells Fargo Center for fans before the Eastern Conference Semifinal Game between the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers on May 07, 2018 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Kyle Ross/Icon Sportswire)

The Sixers made a minor roster move on Wednesday, waiving 23-year-old guard Rayjon Tucker.

Tucker had been around the Sixers for a while, gaining the most notoriety from his performances with the Delaware Blue Coats. Playing in 33 minutes per game and averaging 19.4 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.1 assists, Tucker provided a real threat on the wing and earned his shot with the Sixers during Sumer League play.

In the 2020-21 season, he did make a few appearances, playing in 14 games and averaging 2.4 points per night when the games were largely out of reach.

As far as Summer League went, he played in all four opening matchups before missing the game againstt Utah. This was to open the door to those other players. What hasn’t helped his long-term chances of making the roster are the rises of both Daishen Nix and rookie Charles Bassey in that time.

Tucker could end up spending more time with the Delaware Blue Coats, but that’s provided he doesn’t catch on anywhere else first. It’s clear that he has the requisite athleticism to hold down a spot at the NBA level, but he has to find a way to add consistent shooting form to his arsenal, especially with players such as Nix, who in 14 minutes in the victory over the Mavericks, tallied 6 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals during this time. 

The Sixers may well have seen what they needed to from Tucker as a primary ball handler and have instead opted to give someone like Nix or Bassey a shot.

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