76ers and Simmons struggles vs Celtics
I know its very early on after the 76ers recent trades and probably too early to make a judgement but I have some serious concerns going forward for the 76ers after their latest loss to the Celtics.
Is was quite a defensive low scoring physical scrappy game in general but I felt it was the 76ers that turned it into this style/level of game.
The 76ers have some issues with their offence at the moment including spacing, chemistry and general lack of flow and cohesion. This is somewhat understandable after all the recent player movement and trying to integrate 5 new players into the team including one superstar in Harris.
I also dont really love how big Boban fits into this 76ers team. I prefer and feel Jonah Bolden was a much better fit as the back up centre. For a team where its defence and switch ability is a big strength I feel Boban is a weak link here. He also does not combine well with Simmons when on floor at same time as spacing becomes an issue as neither can shoot, unlike Embiid and Bolden. Also when Boban has the ball in post and Ben works the baseline for spacing, Bobans lack of passing also creates issues as Bens man can help off more effectively than Embiid whos a solid passer. (Bolden dosent post up like Boban, he just spaces out to three point line). And when Ben is posting there is better spacing and shooting with Embiid and Bolden, who can both stretch out to the three point line. Also when Embiid is out they like to run and get out in transition a bit more, and with Bolden this allowed them to do that. Also Bolden gets more steals and blocks and defensive stops which also fuels their transition game, where a guy like Simmons is at his best.
Im a big fan of Simmons but he could be a far better player (and 76ers team) if he worked on some weaknesses (if possible). For a point guard his lack of penetration and scoring ability driving from the perimeter is problem. This is due to his habit of mainly going left and not being dynamic enough going right and in changes of direction. If you watch closely he actually dosent attempt much dribble penetration/go one on one from the perimeter much at all. he usually waits for space to open up before attacking it. Just saying I hope he improves this area of game because this is what could take him from very good to great.