Sixers 2016-17 Player Evaluation: Sergio Rodriguez

Sergio Rodriguez

Position: Point guard

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Status for 2017-18: Unrestricted free agent

Rodriguez in 2016-17
Rodriguez's return to the NBA got off to a terrific start. El Chacho earned the team's starting point guard job out of training camp and played well early on. He then missed time with an injury and watched as T.J. McConnell took over the starting gig.

Rodriguez's defense was the biggest concern. He had trouble keeping up with the speed and physicality of the NBA. For the season, the 30-year-old Spaniard averaged 7.8 points and 5.1 assists in 22.3 minutes a games.

Signature game
Rodriguez's best performance was probably in his first NBA game since 2010. He scored 12 points (5 of 11) with nine assists and no turnovers as the Sixers almost pulled off an opening night upset against MVP favorite Russell Westbrook and the Thunder.

Looking ahead to 2017-18
Rodriguez has expressed his desire to be back in the NBA. More specifically, he also mentioned that his family really enjoyed their time in Philadelphia. With that said, it's hard to see where Rodriguez fits going forward. Ben Simmons will be the team's primary ball handler. T.J. McConnell will be the first option off the bench. There's also a chance the team could add a point guard in the draft.

Rodriguez showed enough to warrant an NBA roster spot. He's a liability defensively, but a team looking for an offensive-minded backup point guard could do worse.

On Rodriguez
"As a competitor, I like to play against the best players in the world and the best league. I'm happy. My family is happy living here. I think it's a good thing for me."

- Sergio Rodriguez

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