Ricky Council IV and Adem Bona dazzled for the Sixers in their first game of Salt Lake City Summer League, earning Philadelphia a 102-92 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Here's what I saw.


- It was clear early on that coach Matt Brase - and Nick Nurse, with whatever influence he may have had - was not there to evaluate prospects in a low-stress environment. Philadelphia was applying full-court pressure by the second quarter, Council IV staying frisky in the backcourt to try and junk up the ball-handler's dribble or force an eight-second violation.

When the ball got past the timeline, the Sixers broke into a zone defense, jamming the Thunder's offense into a stall after a hot start to the game. The first half belonged to Philadelphia from the final few minutes of the first quarter to the halftime buzzer because of the discipline and intensity on defense.

- That discipline carried over to the offensive side of the floor. You might not recognize most of the names on Philadelphia's summer league roster, you might be paying attention strictly to Jared McCain and Bona. But, there are some fundamentals across the roster.

Players like David Jones, Jeff Dowtin Jr., and Keve Aluma manufactured clean offense without relying on McCain or Council by simply putting a basic shell drill into motion. They took turns driving shallowly and kicking until Oklahoma City grew fatigued and slowed in recovering to the ball, surrendering open threes.

Aluma, in particular, had a great sequence in the first half, dictating both ends of the floor for a string of possessions.

- I'll give McCain credit for showcasing his driving game while his three-point shot ran cold. But, Bona was clearly the better draft pick in this game. He was entirely as advertised - pure energy and motor.

A few things he showed that were especially impressive involved activity on screens and offensive rebounding. He knew how to hold screens, but he didn't mindlessly hold them every time he set up to pick for the ball-handler. Bona recognized opportunities to slip the action and did so, leaking through space to open up the floor. Bona also made sure to box out, holding back Thunder bodies as misses came down so that he or a teammate could start the transition offense. He also kept his composure when coming down with offensive rebounds in a crowd. Even if he was losing the size battle inside at 6-foot-8, Bona shed defenders with up fakes and pivoting before going up strong for powerful dunks.

- 19 points in the fourth quarter for Council. 29 points in the game. Three triples in a row in the fourth quarter. Five made threes in the game. Helluva first game of summer league for the fan-favorite second-year player. If he keeps that up, Council might dominate his way out of summer league before the circuit even comes to an end.


- As great as Council was, I'd like to see him show a little more creativity when attacking the rim. He can't just slingshot himself through defenders every time he wants to put the ball on the deck. Someone will slide over and draw an offensive foul. He needs to have some counters for getting around bodies in his way.

- McCain took six triples, missing all of them. He was effective as a driver. But, don't let the perimeter game take a back seat just because you're cold. Keep shooting.

- My gosh, some of those camera angles were awful. We get it, you have drones. Let's get it back to the regular broadcast view please.

The Sixers (1-0) will face the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m., Eastern time. You can watch the game on ESPN.

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