Philadelphia did not even have Defensive Player of the Year candidate Ben Simmons on Saturday, but coach Casey sees the makings of a dominant defensive team.
“Doc has done a good job of, throughout his career, as far as to establish a defensive identity,” said Casey. “They’re getting after it; they do a good job of covering the paint. They try to bring you into Howard and Embiid. Simmons is one of the top individual defenders in the league. He’s got a lot of good pieces to work with to implement a system.”
It is due to their defensive ability along with the talent of Simmons, Embiid and Tobias Harris that can push the Sixers over the top in the 2021 playoffs.
Per basketball-reference, the Sixers are second in the league in steals per game at 9.1 and in defensive rating at 107.5, which is a big reason the Sixers are considered title contenders.