The 53rd pick in the 2021 NBA draft did not play in the summer league due to contract issues, so he heads into the preseason behind the eight ball.
“I think a lot of rookies did it last year where they didn’t have a summer league, but this year, you’re even further back because the rookies did have a summer league so that puts you back,” said coach Doc Rivers on Sunday after practice. Sixers
– Ky Carlin October 3, 2021
Bassey can turn to another young big man on the roster, Paul Reed, who did not have a summer league in 2020 was able to still make an impact down in the G League. Reed went on to win the G League MVP for the Delaware Blue Coats and Bassey can look to him and take advice from him.