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Philadelphia 76ers: Ben Simmons’ style isn’t conducive to Joel Embiid

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On Tuesday, September 28th, while fans of the Philadelphia Eagles were still reeling with the losses of Isaac Seumalo and Week 3, Sam Amick of The Athletic submitted a report with the following excerpt salaciously included in the body of its promotional tweet, “While it’s not personal, Simmons believes that playing around Embiid’s style isn’t conducive to the way he needs to play.”

This reminds me of another quote, a one-line from the movie Friday; you know the one.

But make no mistake about it, the incompatibility of Ben Simmons’ game with Joel Embiid isn’t a one-way street.

Once Ben Simmons dribbled the ball up the court, he would pass it off to Joel Embiid, Tobias Harris, or maybe even Seth Curry, and then slink off into the corner where every single person on earth knew he wouldn’t attempt a shot even if he had the widest open 3 in NBA history.

While Simmons did score 8.8 of his 14.3 points per game during the regular season within five feet of the basket – averaging more shots per game in that area than Embiid 7.0 to 5.3 – he averaged 5.8 fewer free throw attempts per game and made them at a 61.3 percent clip versus Embiid’s 85.9.

Had Simmons retained these averages in the playoffs, maybe the Sixers’ fate would have been different, but instead, his free throw averaged dropped down to a horrid 34.2 percent, which generated a veritable pause within the three-time All-Star about going to the line out of fear of getting laughed at by Anthony Mackie and the like.

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