JaKarr Sampson Rumors

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Akron is a no-frills, working class town, and for JaKarr Sampson and tens of thousands of kids like him in the area, LeBron James represented something greater, a beacon of hope that originated from an unlikely source. “Everybody looked up to him, especially coming out of Akron, a small city where not a lot of players come out of,” Sampson told Sixers.com. “We didn’t ever have anybody to come out of Akron big time like that, or the state of Ohio, even.”
When the teams met on January 5, Sampson logged just two minutes. But in the Sixers’ 15 contests since, the 21-year-old has averaged 14.4 minutes per game. When asked about what’s allowed the rookie swingman climb the Sixers’ depth chart so quickly, head coach Brett Brown smiled and offered interesting insight. Brown told reporters that the team had considered sending Sampson down to the team’s Development League affiliate, the Delaware 87ers, a couple weeks back in order to get him more playing time. But after a pair of strong defensive performances off the bench against the Grizzlies and Pelicans, they decided to go the opposite direction, starting him at shooting guard against the Pistons on January 28 and keeping him in that spot for three straight games