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Philadelphia 76ers: Solutions to defending stretch-fives

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Having Embiid guarding the none shooter on the opposing team makes sense, while Embiid isn’t great at closing out shooters, he is excellent at guarding ball handlers on the perimeter, even some guards.

Having Embiid defend those players could work out for Philly and have Tobias Harris defend the opposing stretch-big and make those big beat them at way.

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This could work for Howard in some cases, but if that player has a solid driving or mid-range game, the Sixers may have to bench Howard and play either Ben Simmons, Mike Scott, or Paul Reed at the small-ball center position. Teams like the Nets who could play Blake Griffin at the center could make it hard to play the former Defensive Player of the Year.

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