The 76ers Startling lineup looks very attractive on paper, but how will the Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid led team lineup for the NBA restart?
On paper, it could be argued that this collection of talent could go toe-to-toe with almost any team. The Sixers currently sit at 39-26 and tied for the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference. But unfortunately, the Sixers have not been able to win matches consistently this season. The lack of chemistry within the side is evident and the break might help the team to get back on track.
Who are the guaranteed starters for the 76ers?
All-stars Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid will obviously need to step their collective game up. As the stars of the team, they will need to carry the bulk of the load for Philadelphia.
Ben Simmons averages 16.7 points per game and leads the team in assists, rebounds and steals. On the defensive side of the ball, Simmons has improved dramatically.
A healthy Ben Simmons and the Philadelphia 76ers are my biggest sleeper team in the playoffs
— NBA Quick Report™🏀 (@NBAquickreport) June 24, 2020
Joel Embiid had two of his more dominant outings of the season after the All-Star break, including putting up a career-high 49 points against the Hawks.
But for the 76ers to make a deep run into the playoffs, they need the rest of the guys to step up and ultimately, it will come down to the supporting cast in order for the Sixers to truly excel.
Who else are expected to start for the 76ers?
Tobias Harris, Al Horford and Josh Richardson are expected to start with the 2 all-stars in the side. As it currently stands, the Sixers’ best starting 3-point shooter is Tobias Harris at 36.2 percent.
Al Horford led the team in blocks with 0.9 blocks per game. In the playoffs, Horford boasts an impressive 13.8 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game. It’s no secret that Al has been known to step it up come playoff time.
6 Years ago today The Philadelphia 76ers drafted Joel Embiid.
• 24.1 PPG
• 11.5 RPG
• 1.8 BPG
• 3x All Star
• 2x All NBA
• 2x All NBA Defense
• Best Center in the NBA pic.twitter.com/ndLzA7glnx
— Prez💊 (@PresidentEmbiid) June 26, 2020
The 76ers are a top-heavy team on the offensive end and the team had the fifth-lowest scoring bench in the NBA is proof of that. Even if the team remains injury-free, the bench doesn’t offer a lot in terms of scoring.
Clearly the calling card for this team is their defense. Simmons, Embiid, Horford, and Richardson are all incredible defenders. When it comes to rebounding, pressuring the ball, and shot-blocking, the 76ers are as good as you can ask of a team.
76ers starting lineup 2020:
C: Joel Embiid
SF: Tobias Harris
PF: Al Horford
SG: Josh Richardson
PG: Ben Simmons