CAMDEN, N.J.–Philadelphia 76ers reserve big man Georges Niang has been one of the more consistent players for the Sixers on the team. He is averaging 9.5 points and shooting a blistering 43.6% from deep so his availability is very important to what this team wants to do.
Niang recently missed two games after suffering a foot issue in a Dec. 5 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies and that did cause some concern for the Sixers a bit. In two games since, he has helped the team get back on track and he has made five of his 10 attempts from deep.
He played 25:32 in Tuesday’s win over the Sacramento Kings and that was a big step for Niang.
“The last game was kind of like the game where I really got to push my conditioning,” he said at practice on Thursday. “Really get my minutes up there to test my lungs and I felt really good after that. Today, we got in here, we practiced, and got up and down and that felt good.”
Having him sit those two games were helpful for Niang as he feels that he is now ready to go for the rest of the season. There is still so much basketball left to be played so who knows if the injury will pop up again, but the Sixers will need him ready to roll.
“I feel 100%,” he finished. “I think those two games were huge for me to kind of just heal and rest my foot so I can be 100% ready to go the rest of the year.”
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Story originally appeared on Sixers Wire