Sixers Sign 1st Pick

Saturday, July 19, 2008 ·

After drafting the guy that almost everybody wanted to see in a Sixers uniform, the team signed Marreese Speights to a 2 year, $2.6 million contract with an option for 2 more years. The 6'10'' forward from Florida was drafted 16th overall last month and is now ready to make an impact for Philadelphia this upcoming season.

Speights posted good numbers in the Sixers summer league in Vegas. In 5 games, he averaged 18.2 points, 10.2 rebounds, and 2.2 blocks a game. His numbers a s a sophomore in college were good too, averaging 14.5 points and 8.1 boards.

With the addition of Elton Brand and now Speights, the Sixers are heading in the right direction to be a solid playoff contender that can win 1 or 2 series.

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