Earlier this year
Bit of noise developing around 76ers woes
"But anyways, one of the conversations people are starting to have in the league is 'will they move Embiid? What's the price? Where would he go?'Some fan chatter about Brown copping it instead. And then r/NBA gets pretty keen on trading Simmons for refusing to shoot threes like his coach has publicly instructed.
"I'm not going to get into that, but my point is people are talking about that. I don't think they would do that without making an adjustment to the head coach. It's such a radical thing, but the fact that we're in mid-February and the people who work in the league, who have to prepare in advance, are mulling over Joel Embiid potentially coming to market, whether that's true or not... I mean, Josh Harris can come on this podcast and deny it if he wants, but the fact people are talking about it, is not good. It's a symptom of where they are."
On that last point, I don't know if the public instruction counts - there's every chance privately he's not fussed and figures Simmons is sticking with what is efficient for him. Simmons' EFG% is .608 to Embiid's .507. Surely Brown and Simmons have enough rapport that if Brown literally wanted a 3PA/g, Simmons could manage it.
At home they're a league-best 24-2, but their road record is not great at 9-19. Same as the Knicks. Worse than the Wolves. Does that imply they're coddled? Checked a few players and couldn't find any dramatic differences between home and road. Harris is 5% worse from three on the road? Korkmaz 13% worse from three on the road. Any good sources for team splits?
They had their first game with Robinson III added (12 minutes for 10 points on 5/6 FG), but you'd hope to see better than 7 point wins at home to Chicago given Philly had their main five guys playing while the Bulls were without Markkanen and Porter Jr. DNP for Burks, but Richardson was in, Milton had played well the previous game, and Korkmaz in form.
One thing I don't get about the surround-Ben-with-shooters thing is: aren't those other starters reasonable shooters? They all shoot threes. Off the bench, Korkmaz, Neto, Thybulle, Scott all shoot threes. As a team, they're middle of the pack with 3P%. Nuggets, Thunder, Rockets are all below them. Bucks only one spot ahead.