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69 G | 17.2 MPG | 6.4 PPG (40.2 FG%) | 31.1 3FG% | 50 3FGM | 85.4 FT% | 2.1 RPG | 1.1 APG
• How Luwawu-Cabarrot started and finished his first season in the NBA were two entirely different matters. It took the Frenchman 21 games to crack the 10-minute mark in respect to playing time. He also found himself shuttled to the Delaware 87ers, the Sixers’ NBA Development League affiliate, three times before the calendar turned from 2016 to 2017. Fast forward to the final month of the campaign, and Luwawu-Cabarrot was arguably the Sixers’ greatest revelation. On the heels of being moved into the starting two-guard spot March 11th against the L.A. Clippers, he closed the year averaging 10.2 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 2.1 assists in 30.2 minutes over the Sixers’ last 18 games.
• Digging a little deeper into Luwawu-Cabarrot’s numbers after his role increased, he capped the season by tallying at least 12 points in each of his final seven contests. Twice during this stretch, the 22-year old topped the 20-point mark, and paced all Eastern Conference rookies in scoring in April (18.3 ppg). Also in April, Luwawu-Cabarrot ended up receiving votes for Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month honors.
• On the flip side, Luwawu-Cabarrot submitted promising defensive results during his season-ending stint as a starter. At times crossing paths with the likes of J.J. Redick, Klay Thompson, Evan Fournier, J.R. Smith, and DeMar DeRozan, Luwawu-Cabarrot still managed to generate a stout defensive rating of 102.1, one of the best marks on the Sixers.
In selecting Luwawu-Cabarrot 24th in the draft this past June, the Sixers identified a prospect who boasted enticing 3-and-D possibilities on the wing. They also were drawn to his ability to fly down the floor in open-court situations. At the outset of what ended up being a March 17th rout of Dallas, Luwawu-Cabarrot came up a defensive play, which led immediately to a transition scoring opportunity.
As for Luwawu-Cabarrot’s 3-point shooting, he showed the potential is there. The first-rounder was especially effective from the corners, where he combined to go 23 for 55 (41.8%) on threes. Luwawu-Cabarrot was 27 for 106 (25.5%) from all other areas behind the arc.
In a five-point win at Brooklyn on March 28th, Luwawu-Cabarrot’s final box line reflected the diverse nature of his skill set. He notched 17 points, 4 3-pointers, nine rebounds, three assists, a steal, and a block.
Statement for the Summer:
“I like to say all the time that improvement is the biggest word that would describe most of my rookie season. I just worked on my game, and the season gone on, and have more minutes, more playing time. The work I did before when I was on the side just pays off.”
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