The team hasn’t had a single player appear in all 50 of their games thus far, and seven of their current players, Shake Milton, Charles Bassey, Paul Reed, Charlie Brown Jr., Myles Powell, Jaden Springer, and Ben Simmons have appeared in 30 games or fewer for one reason or another. For one reason or another, the team appears incredibly disinterested in giving either player a serious run with the big team and has instead made both players fixtures of the Blue Coats.
So what gives? Is Joe just the odd man out of the Sixers’ rotation; a player too good for Delaware but not better than the team’s nine regular contributors? Or is there something else going on, namely Doc Rivers’ unwillingness to play Joe over guys like Furkan Korkmaz, Shake Milton, and even sometimes Charlie Brown Jr. when the team is at full strength?
Frankly, it feels like a little bit of both. No, whether due to his shooting percentages or Doc Rivers’ preference for playing older players, it would appear Joe needs a miracle, an injury, or a streak of incredible luck to fully secure a spot in the rotation, be that Philly’s or some other team across the NBA.