Over the next few weeks, we will be defining the attributes of each player currently in Sixers‘List before training camp, which begins on September 27th.
Contract Status: $1.6 million partially guaranteed ($330,000) for 2022-23; $1.9 million, not guaranteed for 2023-24
Trevelin Queen’s road to the NBA feels like something out of the movie. He did not go to a prominent high school or play for a high-profile AAU team that he grew up in Maryland. He did not receive any scholarship offers and went to several universities. He was actually homeless for a while while living in East Oakland before finally enjoying a successful two-year stint in New Mexico.
Quinn went without drafting and signed an Exhibit 10 deal with the Rockets ahead of the 2020-21 season. He spent this season as a member of the Rio Grand Valley Vipers, the G League branch in Houston. sign with Lakers The following season before she was waived and signed a two-way deal with the Rockets.
The 2021-22 G season was the Queen’s exit party. He averaged 25.2 points per game on 48.5/34.2/79.6 shooting splits. The three-point percentage was below the league average, but for context, nearly 10 attempted three points in Vipers’ uptempo attack. He also averaged 6.6 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game. He ended up leading Rio Grand Valley to the G League title – losing 44 points to the Blue Coats in Game 1 – and being named the league’s best player.
He’s invested that success into a partially guaranteed contract with the Sixers this off-season. He had a rollercoaster in a summer league, but he lit up sportsmanship and the games industry Daryl Morey likely saw him sign for the 25-year-old goalkeeper.
Season predictions: The signing of veteran big man Montrezel Harrell further clouds Queen’s chances of making the Sixers roster. The Queen and Charles Bassey have partial guarantees this season while the Isaiah Joe deal is not guaranteed. Could the acquisition of Harrell make Bassey expendable? Will it be a contest for Queen and Joe? Could the Queen eventually find herself a two-way deal with the Sixers?
Although the acquisitions of PJ Tucker and Danuel House Jr. And De’Anthony Melton (rightfully) grabbed the headlines for adding athleticism, defense, and toughness to the roster, but Queen fits the same mold. When viewed in the G League, its engine stands out like nothing else. He plays a game of 100 mph, much like the players mentioned above.
The Queen’s swing skill, as with most ocean players, is his shot. Tucker, House and Milton were more than 37 percent of three last season. If Quinn wants to make his way up the list, he’ll have to prove he can strike from the depths. While he has been shooting poorly in the summer league (11 of 44 out of three), there are signs that he may develop into a decent shooter. He shot 38.7 percent of three in more than five attempts in his last year of college. He made 9 out of 24 in 10 NBA-level games last season. He’s also proven to be a very good free-throw player, going 13 of 14 during the Summer League and firing nearly 80 percent in the G League last season.
The only aspect of Queen that Doc Rivers might like is the game industry. We’ve seen Doc prefer a player like Furkan Korkmaz over someone like Joe due to his ability to put the ball on the ground. While the turn numbers were as ugly as can be (4.3 per game), Quinn flashes the pieces of the playmaking industry. As mentioned in this space, Summer League is not an ideal environment for every player. The lack of continuity of Quinn and his teammates likely led to many of these turnovers and cost him a few passes.
Quinn will be taking a long look, but there will be fierce competition for the final roster spots during bootcamp. Can the Queen show a little bit of this dog’s mindset while also proving he can effectively make space on the floor for the Sixers? we will see.