The Philadelphia 76ers post a pic with Daryl Morey edited into it that could be subtly thrown shade directed at Ben Simmons.
The Philadelphia 76ers went from being favorites to come out of the East by a multitude of analysts, to getting bounced out of the Playoffs in the first round. It’s safe to say that the Sixers wildly underperformed when compared to their expectations.
Following their disappointing 2019-20 campaign, the Sixers decided to switch things up. Doc Rivers ended up as the new Head Coach and Daryl Morey was hired to by their Head of Basketball Operations.
Morey wasted no time in changing up the roster, adding floor spacing for Embiid and Ben Simmons to operate within the arc. Guys like Danny Green and Seth Curry have proven to be deadly from 3-point range.
This tweet could be an indication that Morey may have taken the leap of faith in Harden. The Beard and Embiid together could wreak havoc on every single NBA defense, especially surrounded by shooters like Danny Green and Seth Curry.
Is Ben Simmons being coerced into shooting 3-pointers?
The Philadelphia 76ers recently took to their Twitter account to post a picture of Daryl Morey talking on the phone. They captioned the image, “Wisdom.”
— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) December 21, 2020
What’s more noticeable about this image is what’s written on the white board behind him. On the white board, it says, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” It is implied that these are words Morey lives by.
This could be perceived as a dig at Ben Simmons, as he has shown reluctance to shoot from beyond 8 feet from the rim, let alone 3 pointers. The Sixers have entered each season claiming that Simmons has been working on his 3 pointer. However, he has yet to catch on.
Perhaps the man who lived and breathed floor spacing(Daryl Morey), is trying to send a message to Simmons, via the Sixers Twitter account.
Morey is one of the most important figures in the Analytics Revolution that took over the NBA. This movement deemed that the 3 pointer was the most efficient shot in the NBA. This is because it generates more points over sufficiently large sample sizes.