Why The Sixers Will Be Fun To Watch Again
Gone are the days of a Brett Brown offense. Whether the terrible offense was due to poor coaching or roster construction, it was certainly one that we grew to hate over last season. To describe it as simple as possible, it was basically a disaster around Ben and Joel with little-to-no players to compliment them.
Somehow, someway, we convinced ourselves a starting lineup with three or sometimes four power forwards would work. It certainly did not. Not one player was an above average three point shooter besides Tobias Harris. Brett Brown’s scheme certainly didn’t help either.
Spacing was absolutely terrible night in and night out.
The Sixers now find themselves with very respectable shooters on the roster. Sixers GM Daryl Morey wasted no time fixing the Sixers’ clunky offense. With his first move, he dumped Horford for one of the better three-and-D wing players in the NBA: Danny Green. That move alone improves the flow and spacing for the Sixers’ the starting 5 tremendously.
Then on draft night, after acquiring arguably the steal of the draft in Tyrese Maxey, Morey brought in two more lethal shooters. Seth Curry was acquired via trade and the Sixers’ drafted sharpshooter Isaiah Joe in the second round of the NBA Draft.
Seth Curry has a 44.3 career three point percentage which is good for second highest in NBA history. His addition to this Sixers’ team is huge and brings that “gravity element” that J.J. Redick brought to this team two seasons ago. Curry offers far more that what Redick did, bringing a strong skillset outside of shooting with ball handling and playmaking. He is a perfect player to play alongside Ben and Joel. Isaiah Joe was one of the best shooters in the draft, and should be competing for rotation minutes right away.
With the improvement of the roster and a more natural fit of players, there is no better guy than Doc Rivers to get the most out his two star players in Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. Joel is just entering his prime and it will be very interesting to see how Rivers utilizes him. The same can be said about Ben Simmons. Doc has always gotten the most out of the star players he has coached. I could see both Ben and Joel having the best seasons of their careers under the new regime and supporting cast.
Back in 2017 when the Sixers actually had respectable shooting around Ben and Joel, they had the fifth best offensive rating in the league.
We can all agree that team was far more fun to watch than the 2019-20 76ers. I would expect more of that this year, than what we saw this past season.
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