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Philadelphia 76ers: Danny Green should return to the starting lineup

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Sure, his points per game are up, sitting around a career-high 6.4 points per game on 4.9 shots from the field, but he remains a woefully inefficient outside shooter who is quite literally being treated like Ben Simmons on the offensive end of the court.

Need proof? Look no further than the Sixers’ 20th game of the season, a 6 pm romp at the Wells Fargo Center versus the Minnesota Timberwolves.

For those who care about advanced statistics, that particular lineup finished out the game with a -18.6 net rating, which is very, very bad.

While Thybulle may eventually develop a lethal outside shot, or at least one consistent enough to keep opposing defenders honest, for now, he’s far more effective as a defensive sixth man coming off the bench than a consistent starter who has to weather the ebb and flow of a game for 32-plus minutes of action in any given game.

While Green’s average points per game are down from 9.5 in 2020-21 to eight even in 2021-22, his 3 point shooting efficiency is up to 43.1 percent on five, and he’s stealing 1.8 passes per game versus 1.3 in the season prior.

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