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76ers’ Dwight Howard has advice for Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons: Work together like LeBron, AD

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“And I saw that with LeBron and AD. They put everything on their shoulders. They knew they had guys around them but it was, ‘OK, LeBron. OK, AD. We’ve got to do this, it starts with us. We’ve got to be on the same page at all times.’ And they did a really good job of it.”

When Embiid and Simmons play, the 76ers boast a 119-65 win-loss record, per Stats Perform.

The 76ers average 111.7 points, 107.5 opposition points, 47.4 rebounds and 26.4 assists per game with Embiid and Simmons involved, a clear improvement compared to when one or both miss a game – 106.7 points, 109.4 opposition points, 44.5 rebounds and 25.0 assists.

Philadelphia also has a superior field goal percentage when Embiid and Simmons both play, with the 76ers shooting just 45.3 percent without one or both. “For Joel, it’s just pushing him every single day to know that he’s the best, and every time he steps on the floor he has to be the best player on the floor – whether that be practice, in the weight room, in the training room, during all the games. It’s ‘I’m the best player on the floor. I’m going to show it through my actions on offense and defense.’

“For me, it’s really just cleaning up their mistakes, pushing them to be the best and just providing them with knowledge through my experiences.

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