Largely called upon to play when the team was down a number of would-be performers either due to illness, COVID, or a combination of the two, Joe has only played into double-digits eight times, including one game where he played 23 minutes versus eight other contests where he averaged just over five minutes a night.
Has Joe done anything in any of these games to get on Doc Rivers’ bad side? I mean, he’s turned the ball over six times, but other than a few blown defensive assignments and a poor 3 point shooting percentage – on only 41 attempts – there’s really not too much to write home about in relation to the pride of Arkansas because he just hasn’t played enough minutes to make a real assessment one way or another. While Joe didn’t do much else offensively, as 75 percent of his shots in any given game came from beyond the arc, he supplemented his shooting with 4.7 rebounds and 1.5 rebounds a game as a sophomore, which would both be incredibly useful on a Sixers team that currently ranks 30th overall in boards per game.
Alright, cool; while positions still matter in the modern-day NBA, if you aren’t an on-ball ISO scorer, the difference between a 6-foot-4 wing and a 6-foot-10 wing mostly comes down to who guards them, but when you flip the court around, how would Joe fit in place of Niang? Surely the Sixers couldn’t expect their lightest player to take on opposing power forwards, which Niang does for roughly 18.6 of his 23.6 minutes of on-court action a night, right?
Well, that, my friends, is where Matisse Thybulle comes in.