Paul Reed Wins G-League MVP Honors
The Delaware Blue Coats had an incredible run in the G-League bubble this season. They would go 10-5 and make it to the championship game, eventually falling to the Lakeland Magic.
Sixers' two-way player Paul Reed was a big part of the Blue Coat's success this season. After an incredible run in the bubble, Reed has been named the G-League MVP for the 2020-21 season.
The 2020 second-round pick would do it all for Delaware. In 15 games he would post averages of 22.3 PPG, 11.8 RPG, 2.3 APG, 1.9 SPG, and 1.8 BPG. His points, rebounds, and steals averages were all top-five in the G-League respectively.
On top of his incredible stats across the board, Reed was also an efficient shooter. In the regular season, he would shoot 58.8% from the floor, and an incredible 44.4% from beyond the arc.
Being in the bubble was not one of the greatest predicaments, but it was something Reed grew to enjoy. Earlier this week he spoke to the media and touched on what the experience meant to him.
The experience was great, we were there for almost two months. Being there but not being able to leave, nobody being able to visit, it kinda like limits the distractions. It allowed me to focus on getting better every single day.
Reed took advantage of the opportunity given to him with the Blue Coats this season. All the playing time allowed him to show what he can do and even make improvements to his game. Most notably, his spot-up three-point shooting. The biggest impact the bubble had on Reed was his confidence.
Let's say my confidence was a five before, and now it's a ten.
This outstanding play turned a lot of heads and turned Reed into a fan favorite. Since reporting back to the Sixers, multiple "BBall Paul" chants have broken out from the Philly faithful.
It looks like the Sixers might have struck gold late in the second round in the draft. Reed is still a very raw talent, but the potential is there. Now the focus for the rookie needs to be building on his performance in the G-League.
Outside of some blowout games it is tough to say how much of Reed we will see this season. The opportunity will come for the 21-year-old, he just needs to continue to take advantage of every chance he gets.
Looking down the road, there could be a spot on this team for Reed. With multiple expiring contracts on this roster, the makeup of this team next year will be very different. This should give a guy like Reed a chance to be a rotation player for this franchise in the future.