Things might not have gone the way of the Philadelphia 76ers in their preseason opener against the Toronto Raptors, but there were still some positives to take away from the matchup. One of the brightest standouts for the Sixers was second-year player Isaiah Joe.

Joe is coming off a good run in the Las Vegas Summer League and has carried that momentum into the preseason. In 25 minutes of action Monday, he finished second on the team in scoring with 18 points and connected on four of his eight attempts from beyond the arc.

Granted, it is only one preseason game, but Doc Rivers should be more than pleased with what he saw from the former second-round pick. It also begs the question if Joe will have a chance to play his way into rotation minutes to start the regular season.

Based on Rivers’ comments during training camp, it is a real possibility. He admitted that with all the moving parts from the offseason, there are still minutes up for grabs. This opens the door for someone like Joe to create more opportunities for himself in year two.

Something else that Rivers brought up during training camp last week might also open the door for Joe. He wants to see the team get more three’s up this season. While players like Seth Curry and Tobias Harris were cited originally, the 76ers drafted Joe because of his ability to catch fire from beyond the arc.

The biggest positive to Joe’s game is his willingness to let it fly. Dating back to his days his college, he has never been hesitant to get shots up. For a team that has had spacing concerns at times over the years, having an outside shooter that consistently gets shots up is essential.

Following the 76ers’ practice on Tuesday, Rivers brought up the stellar play of Joe against Toronto. He also noted he played well in camp and wants to get him on the court more moving forward.

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“He’s been good. We got to get him on the floor more, is what I keep telling our coaches. Isaiah [Joe] did a good job today, and I told him I don’t care what unit you’re on, just keep going back and forth. But he’s got to get on the floor more, and I thought today he did a good job of that,” said Rivers.

Joe has all the makings of being a reliable three-and-D wing player in today’s game. His shot is what garners most of the attention, but Joe also shows promise as a defender. The key for him is continuing to build on each good performance.

Shooting is a premium in today’s NBA, and Joe can do it in bunches. Depending on how the rest of the preseason plays out, Rivers might have no choice but to give the 22-year-old a chance to show what he can do on a nightly basis.