The Sixers have gone 9-3 since acquiring Jimmy Butler in a trade and are now 18-9. The move has paid off, but it’s left Embiid trying to figure out his role in the offense. In comments to Philly.com’s Keith Pompey, Embiid said he’s used for spacing now, and that has him frustrated.
“Since the trade, it’s been really down,” Embiid told Pompey of his success ratio. “I tend to get triple-teamed a lot. I was in the flow of the offense. I feel like I’m not anymore. There’s not a lot of possessions on the block. I don’t know. We got to figure it out.”
Joel Embiid was looking like the easy MVP favorite through the first 20 games of the season. He was putting up historic Shaquille O’Neal-esque statistics and in his last three games he’s averaging around 13 points and he’s 0-for-6 from behind the arc.
After sitting out of Friday night’s game against the Detroit Pistons, Joel Embiid decided to explain why he’s been stinking as of late: Jimmy Butler.
This is kind of coming out of nowhere considering that the Sixers are an astronomically better team after the Jimmy Butler trade. They are 9-3 and most importantly, everyone there seems to love Jimmy.
He and Ben Simmons have a cute little headband club that the entire team seems amused by. He was getting along with everyone. Um, except Joel Embiid apparently, who he is taking shots away from.
I really thought this situation would work and perhaps it still can. It kind of just sounds like Embiid would prefer to put up monster stats than actually win games which doesn’t necessarily seem like Jimmy’s problem.
I blame JJ Redick. Not sure how or why but this is his fault.
Is it time to blow up the Philadelphia 76ers???
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