Shawn Long granted 10-day contract with Philadelphia 76ers
Former Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns Men’s basketball player Shawn Long has earned his shot on an NBA roster as he has been called up to the Philadelphia 76ers with a 10-day contract.
The 76ers had an open roster spot due to an NBA injury exception rule in which the 76ers had four or more players injured causing the 76ers to be able to sign a 16th player.
Long was playing for the Delaware 87ers, which is the 76ers affiliate in the NBA developmental league (D-League). Long was averaging 20.2 points per game and 11.13 rebounds per game in the D-League, which is generally dominated by the play of guards and not-big-men like Long.
The play in the first half of the season was good enough to earn Long an appearance in the D-League all star game, which was held in New Orleans during NBA All Star weekend. Long scored 10 points and grabbed three rebounds in the D-League all star game.
Long left the Cajuns program as the career leader in blocked shots and rebounds. Long was also a four-time Sun Belt All-Conference selection in his years as a Cajun between 2013-16. Long was the 2016 Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year after he averaged a career best 18.9 points per game and 12.1 rebounds per game.
Long joins Orlando Magic guard Elfrid Payton as the only two former Cajuns in the NBA.