James Blackmon Jr. signs rookie contract with Philadelphia

  • 08/30/2017 9:26 am in

Former Indiana guard James Blackmon Jr. agreed to a rookie contract with the Philadelphia 76ers, the team announced on Wednesday morning.

Blackmon Jr. averaged eight points, 2.6 rebounds and a steal in 16.3 minutes per game for the 76ers over five NBA Summer League games in Utah and Las Vegas.

He posted an offensive rating of just 94.9 and shot just 43.2 percent from the field (26.3 percent on 3s).

The deal is partially guaranteed, according to Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer, and will include a training camp invite.

Philadelphia has 17 players under contract next season. If Blackmon Jr. fails to make Philadelphia’s roster out of training camp, he could be assigned to the team’s G-League affiliate, the Delaware 87ers.

Blackmon Jr. was an All-Big Ten third team selection as a junior at Indiana and scored 1,235 points in 76 games.

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  • inLinE6

    A sharp shooter always finds his way in. Congrats JBJ!

  • nnmns

    Agreed. Good luck JBJ.

  • IdahoHoosier

    Just like inLinE6 said, there is always room for a shooter. Thank you to this forum for providing the news and info on IUBB past and present that we love! Excellent job as always!

  • BadBoyHulls

    Happy to see he got a contract! Hopefully he can continue working and find some regular minutes.

  • AndyCapp

    Not to dispute you but doesn’t sound like he was much of a sharpshooter in the Summer League. Maybe now that *some* pressure is off he can perform at a higher standard and he needs to if he wants to earn a permanent place. He was a good Hoosier and I wish him the best.

  • inLinE6

    You were right – he shot poorly in the summer… I’m glad they didn’t judge him based on a small sample size.

  • E Foy McNaughton

    I imagine they look at scrimmages in practice also. I’d guess he ends up on a 2 way G League deal.

  • Sarasota Hoosier

    When you are the main offensive focal point your whole life with lots of minutes, its a tough transition to playing in very short segments. Before you could miss your first 2 or 3 shots and then hit 4 in a row; now missing your first 2 or 3 shots and you are back on the bench. Much harder to develop that rhythm.

  • AndyCapp

    Yup, they definitely saw something they liked or wouldn’t have offered anything at all. He’s got great shot mechanics and, like Foy, believe that a G League deal is prolly his likely path.

  • Arsdale

    “The 87ers” does not quite roll off the tongue.

  • Outoftheloop

    Get your 3-point shot down, at 40% +, and make the roster. James has the skill set for the NBA, and now it is do or die! Go James!

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    well maybe he’ll find a niche somewhere, hopefully on a good team. i hope so, would be fun to watch him in the nba

  • TomJameson

    James will get a chance to show his skill set, that’s all he can ask for. Now it’s up to him to work on the consistency of his shot, and the rest of his skill set. I predict that now the first step is achieved (his foot-in-the-door) and he has some breathing room, he will settle down and get acclimated to the NBA level.

    Just remember that as much of a step as it is to go from High School to the D1 level of CBB, it’s a much bigger leap to go from college to the NBA. Still takes some adjustment, but now James gets that adjustment period. Again, that’s all he can hope for and I wish him the very best of luck. Hope, very much so, that he makes it.

  • pcantidote

    I still believe that if he can stay healthy he will have a long pro career, perhaps with some stints in the NBA.

  • IUMIKE1

    Excellent point.

  • timamac

    Pulling for you James!