Sixers Notes: Sixers may have a spot for a third point guard

Posted: October 03, 2010

When Chris Quinn was a senior in high school, he was the runner-up for Ohio's Mr. Basketball.

To LeBron James.

That's an impressive distinction for the 6-foot-2 guard, who is trying to stay in the NBA for a fifth season, this one with the 76ers.

Quinn, 27, played three seasons for the Miami Heat and one for the New Jersey Nets; he has career averages of 5.2 points and 2.1 assists per game.

"He has a chance," Sixers coach Doug Collins said. "We're looking at a third point guard. If he continues to do what he does, now you go and you fight and say, 'Look, we need to keep this guy,' you have to have some insurance at that third backup position."

In recent years, the Sixers haven't carried the maximum number of roster players - 15 - choosing to remain flexible as the season progressed. But with the team's trade of guard Willie Green and forward Jason Smith, the Sixers technically are down one backup guard.

That leaves an opening for Quinn, who provides stability, if not excitement, as a backup point guard. He runs the team, limits his turnovers, and makes open shots.

"I think it's going well," said Quinn, who was a team captain at Notre Dame. "Obviously, there's Jrue Holiday and Lou Williams, but as that third point guard, I'm somebody that can come in with NBA experience and compete every day in practice. Whether I'm the starter or the last guy, I'm going to keep the same attitude."

Training camp

On Saturday night at St. Joseph's University, the Sixers concluded their five-day training camp with a practice open to season-ticket holders. The Sixers will practice at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine before opening their preseason schedule Tuesday against the New Jersey Nets in Roanoke, Va.

Sidelined

For Saturday night's scrimmage, the Sixers were without big man Tony Battie (right-knee inflammation), guard James Florence (hamstring strain), and forward Andres Nocioni (left-ankle sprain).


Contact staff writer Kate Fagan at 856-779-3844 or kfagan@phillynews.com.

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