Brown con­sid­er­ing Stauskas for stint at point

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Jack McCaf­fery jm­c­caf­fery @21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @Jack­McCaf­fery on Twit­ter

With Jer­ryd Bay­less still un­avail­able with a wrist in­jury and pre­sumed long-term point­guard so­lu­tion Ben Simmons out for three months af­ter foot surgery, Brett Brown is low on lead-guard op­tions.

And is that Nik Stauskas, rais­ing his hand to vol­un­teer?

“I think over the sum­mer I brought it up to him a lit­tle bit, say­ing it’s some­thing I think I’d be good at and some­thing that in­ter­ests me,” Stauskas said Satur­day, be­fore the Six­ers’ 97-76 pre­sea­son loss to the vis­it­ing Detroit Pis­tons. “And then just re­cently these last few weeks, I’ve kind of left it alone. But he has come up to me, un­prompted, and just asked how I’d feel about get­ting some min­utes at that spot and mak­ing some plays and dis­tribut­ing.

“It’s some­thing that will take some time with our of­fense. I would need to get some reps at it. But it is some­thing I def­i­nitely feel I could be ef­fec­tive, that I could help this team with.”

Stauskas played 19 min­utes Satur­day, just a few late in the sec­ond quar­ter at the point along­side Ger­ald Hen­der­son, and shot 0 for 5 with no as­sists.

“He wasn’t bad at the point,” Brown said af­ter­ward. “It was a chance to try some­thing.”

With Bay­less and Simmons out, and with Stauskas less than prop­erly con­di­tioned for the full-time task, the race for the start­ing point guard spot is be­tween Ser­gio Ro­driguez and T.J. McCon­nell. Ro­driguez started Satur­day and showed ex­cep­tional court vi­sion… not that it helped much with a team that would shoot 25 for 68, in­clud­ing 3-for-20 from three-point range.

De­spite start­ing Ro­driguez in both halves, Brown warned not to as­sume the com­pe­ti­tion is over. Ro­driguez played 23:44 and shot 1 for 5 with seven as­sists. McCon­nell played 16:07, shot 2 for 3 and had one as­sist.

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