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Old 05-08-18, 01:49 PM
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Originally Posted by 14Red View Post
No, I'm just way ahead of you.

Embiid has a cronic foot condition, kind of like what Bill Walton, Sam Bowie and Greg Oden had. Big men and foot problems don't work well together. If he can somehow stay relevant enough that the Sixers can use him 25-35 minutes per night during the regular season, maybe a little more in the playoffs, then maybe that's as good as it gets.
In other words he's fragile.

Ben Simmons is 21 years old. There are countless numbers of players who come into the league with no jump shot. Anthony Davis couldn't shoot outside 10 feet when he was at Kentucky, look at him now. Do you assume Simmons won't get better? Just a goofy statement.
Another incorrect statement. Davis played PG in HS, he had a mid-range jumper, an elbow jumper and even made a few 3s while at Kentucky. His game has obviously grown over the last few years - as will Simmons, but Davis was a better shooter than you're remembering.

Fultz is what, 19 years old? He had a major shoulder injury and just got back to playing basketball 6 weeks ago. Of course he's not going to be in at crunch time when you are jockeying for playoff positioning.
Chronic shoulder injury? You mean forgetting how to shoot a basketball? If he was a player that could hit shots when Simmons drives, there would have been a spot for him.

Fultz will improve greatly over the summer and the next several seasons as long as he's healthy. The Sixers will have some personnel decisions to make over the next few months. Obviously they can't keep everyone in the current rotation. Looking in the backcourt, you have Simmons, Redick, Covington, Fultz, Bellini, McConnell, Anderson, Korkmaz and Luwawu-Cabarrot. Redick is not under contract for next season. Do you play Ben and Fultz in the backcourt, McConnell as the backup? Covington is under contract for the next 4 seasons and is your best defensive guard. And of course there is that rumor that LeBron is coming?
Sixers got the playoff taste and are probably a year ahead of schedule. They may not make the leap to Eastern Conference favorite by next year, but should be up there by 2020 depending on what happens in Boston and Cleveland, with or without the LeBron.
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