Blue Man Group, Eiffel 65 and Tobias Funke move over, there’s another blue man to discuss. In what is shaping up to be a training camp free-for-all, the 76ers added another body to the fray Thursday, signing 6’4″ former Marquette guard Vander Blue to a partially guaranteed contract. Just 21 years old, Blue went undrafted in this past NBA draft following a junior season with the Golden Eagles that saw him average 14.8 ppg on 45.4% shooting. An incredible athlete, Blue appeared to work hard on his admittedly poor shooting game, improving his numbers across each year of college to finish at 30.3% from three and 75.6% from the foul line in his final season. He was an integral part of Marquette’s tournament run to the Elite Eight, featuring a 29-point effort against Butler.
Blue was on the Houston Rockets roster in the Orlando summer league but really shone with the Memphis Grizzlies in Vegas. Blue showed off strong offensive game, highlighted by a 24-point effort where he sank five triples during the game. If early results at the professional level are truly indicative of continued progress in his perimeter game, Blue has a real shot at earning a place in the Sixers rotation for the upcoming campaign.
Signing of Vander Blue – At this point, I feel like the Sixers offseason signings could be evaluated with a base template: ‘_________ is a young player who had success at the collegiate level but has yet to establish himself in the pros. If he could improve upon the ________ aspect of his game, he could be a key contributor for the team both this season and in years to come.’ Another low-risk, high-reward move. Classic Hinkie.