Only existing for a few years, the Delaware Blue Coats had yet to make an appearance in the NBA G League Playoff as the 2021 season approached. Although the Sixers affiliates have had some outstanding players over the years. , they weren’t able to help the Blue Coats enter the G League playoffs.
That all changed in the Orlando bubble, however. Last week, the Blue Coats officially clinched a playoff berth for the first time in team history. And on Saturday night, the fork was officially set.
While the Coats clinched the fourth seed, they will now face the fifth seed Austin Spurs on Monday night. The first and only team Delaware and Austin faced returned on February 21. The Blue Coats outscored Spurs 122-107.
Unsurprisingly, two-way Philadelphia 76ers rookie Paul Reed led the charge with his seventh straight double-double against the Spurs last month. This week, Reed is expected to help lead the Blue Coats over Spurs once again as the former DePaul striker dominated the competition in the bubble.
On Saturday night, the Blue Coats officially concluded the 2020-21 regular season with a loss to the Memphis Hustle. This concluded Paul Reed’s 15th game in the Development League. In 15 games this year, Reed has averaged 22 points, 11 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.9 steals and 1.8 blocks in an average of 31 minutes of action.
The rookie drained 58% of his shots from the field and also shot an impressive 44% on three. While there are tons of talented players on the roster, Reed is arguably a favorite to become the NBA G League’s MVP this season for dominating the regular season.
Soon we’ll see if he can make it in the playoffs as well.
Justin Grasso covers the Philadelphia 76ers for Sports Illustrated. You can follow him for live updates on Twitter: @JGrasso_ And Instagram: @JGrassoNBA.