Joel Embiid struggling to get on board with new role

Ross Houston
December 14, 2018

It's new to myself, it's new to him, it's new to everybody. "I think it's mainly because of the way I've been used, which is I'm being used as a spacer, I guess, a stretch five, which I'm only shooting (29) percent (from the 3-point line)".

The 76ers will host the Pistons on Monday, carrying an 18-9 record into that matchup.

"But it seems like the past couple games, like with the way I play, our setup, (Brown) always has me starting on the perimeter ... and it just really frustrates me". He is averaging almost five points less a game and his field goal percentage has dropped over five percent. This should be a priority for Brown, even if the head coach disagrees that Butler's presence is negatively affecting spacing, which is what Pompey reported.


Though Embiid may be struggling of late, it's up to Brett Brown to find a way to get his two All-Stars to mesh with one another and keep the Sixers winning. We need him long-term. Sure, you might say that this is exactly what the Sixers should be saying in these circumstances, but we've seen plenty of occasions where teams and players don't make obvious choices. "I don't know. We got to figure it out". "My body feels great, and it's just I haven't been playing well". Butler hasn't even been a Sixer for four weeks yet.

Following the victory, Butler sounded off on Griffin's antics, brushing them off as the slam-dunk contest victor just "trying to be tough".

While that might be a slight concern, the field goal percentage is skewed by Embiid's mini three-game slump, during which he's shot 33.3 percent from the floor.


Embiid, obviously a very, very good low-post player, is averaging * a href="https://stats.nba.com/players/playtype-post-up/?CF=PlayerFirstName*E*&Season=2018-19&SeasonType=Regular%20Season&PerMode=Totals&sort=Poss&dir=1" target="_blank" *1.01 points per possession on post-ups.

However, when asked about Embiid's comments, Butler responded with an understanding tone.

In their most recent loss to Toronto, Embiid only got to the charity stripe twice, finishing with 10 points. Detroit was up 98-92 in the fourth, but the 76ers went on a 16-2 tear to take control.


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