From last year’s Temple roster to this year’s 76ers
training-camp roster, there is no alteration to Khalif Wyatt’s weight. But the
combo guard swears he’s gotten himself in better shape – and he sure looks the
Wyatt, who signed a partially guaranteed, multi-year
contract this month, is attempted to play his way into the Sixers’ rotation.
Shouldn’t be difficult, considering how young this team is and how needy for
offense it will be. In his final season at Temple, Wyatt averaged 20.5 points
per game en route to winning Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the Year honors.
That’s why Wyatt, a Norristown native, is convinced he
needs to be in better shape.
“Coach (Brett) Brown wants me to make sure I’m in the
best shape possible,” Wyatt said the other day. “He understands I’m getting in
better shape, but he wants me in better shape. He wants to keep pushing
me, keep pushing me, keep using the word ‘development,’ and wants me to keep
developing my body and developing my game.”
Wyatt contended that he could have been in better shape
“Somehow I got by,” he said. “Now it’s the next level.
You’re not going to be able to get by unless you’re in tip-top shape. I took a
concerted effort in my body (after the Orlando Summer League) and I still have
a lot of work to do.
Wyatt led the Sixers’ OSL team in scoring – something that
wouldn’t be frowned upon with the regular-season version of the club.
As for what position he will play under Brown, Wyatt said
he’s unsure. He played the point at Temple, evolving into more of a scoring
1-guard with the Owls. With Syracuse rookie Michael Carter-Williams likely to start at point guard, Wyatt will take any spot he can get.
“I’ve always been better with the ball in my hands,”
Wyatt said, “but at this level, somebody else could have the ball in their
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