Friday's victory against the Detroit pistols drove Philadelphia 76ers record to 18-9, good for second place in the NBA's Eastern…
Friday’s victory against the Detroit pistols drove Philadelphia 76ers record to 18-9, good for second place in the NBA’s Eastern Conference.
But not all Sixers players are satisfied with their role.
Joel Embiid, who missed his first game on Friday due to rest, told reporters that he feels his addiction has hit since the team acquired All Star Jimmy Butler in the blockbuster trade with Minnesota Timberwolves last month.
I have not been myself lately, “Embiid told Philly.com.” I think it’s mainly because of how I’ve been used, which I usually use as a spacer, I assume a stretch-5, like I just pushing  percent “from 3-point interval”
“But it seems like the last few games that, as I play our attitude, [coach Brett Brown] I’m always on the perimeter … and it just makes me frustrating. “
Embiid, 24, is an average of 34.3 minutes per game, 4 more than 2017-18. But he said rest is not what he needs.
“My body feels good, and it’s just I have not played well,” he said.
The number says so much. Since Butler’s trading in November, many of Embiid’s offensive statistics – including points per game (28.2 to 23.8) – field target percentages (48.4 to 43.1) and 3-point percentages (30.2 to 27.3) – took small hits. He goes to the free throw line less, and in his previous three games he has made only 14 of 42 shots from the field, including 1 of 9 from 3-point ranges.
Embiid said he would rather spend more time near the rim, but Butler, who also likes to attack the basket, is struggling.
“Sometimes we have to keep the floor,” told Embiid Philly.com. “A lot of time, in fact, with the way our games are built, I usually spend a lot of time on the perimeter. So that’s an adjustment.”
For his part, Brown did not necessarily agree if the addition of Butler is the problem.
“I do not want to connect these dots,” said the coach. “But in general, I think we all have to do better to create Joel’s place.”