After being sent down to the Delaware 87ers of the NBA Development League three days ago, rookie forward JaKarr Sampson has been called up to the Philadelphia 76ers.
The rookie scored 17 points yesterday in a loss for the 87ers vs the Maine Red Claws. In two games, the forward averaged 15 points and 5 boards.
The 76ers continue to evaluate young players and their talent. They obviously feel that Sampson has the ability to play on their NBA roster but they want him to develop his jump shot. The reason Sampson was sent down was because of the "logjam" they have in the rotation.
Sampson may not play major minutes and he may bounce around from the NBA and the D-League all season in order to develop at a faster rate. The best way to improve as a player is to play games and if he can't step foot in the rotation on the NBA level, an excellent way to gain experience is the D-League.
The forward has appeared in nine games this year with the 76ers and he has started in two games. He shot 24% from the floor in those nine games, but posted a solid block percentage (5.2).
Sampson was averaging two points and two rebounds in 11 minutes per game this season. The Phiadelphia 76ers are 0-13 so far on the season.