After a humbling loss to the Celtics on Opening Night, the Sixers took care of business against the Bulls and the Magic. It was an up-and-down week for several key Sixers. Let’s take a look at the rankings.
1. Joel Embiid: 28 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks (weekly average)
Through three games, Embiid looks to be in mid-season form. His performance against the Magic was dominant. Joel finished with 32 points, 10 rebounds, and 0 turnovers. Embiid is the last Sixer to do that since GM Elton Brand in 2011.
2. Ben Simmons: 12 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 steals
Simmons excelled against the Bulls, finishing with his first triple-double of the season. He exited Saturday’s game against the Magic with back tightness. Doesn’t seem to be serious but worth monitoring.
3. J.J. Redick: 19 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 46% 3PT
Opening Night was a struggle for Redick, but he was able to put that behind him and get hot against the Magic. J.J. drained eights threes, dropping 31 points. He clearly adds a different dynamic to the lineup, providing much needed shooting around Embiid and Simmons.
4. Robert Covington: 13 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assists, 2 steals, 39% 3PT
Pretty routine week for RoCo. We were entertained with both head-scratching Covington and lovable Covington. We went 2 for 7 from deep against the Celtics, including multiple air balls. RoCo followed that up with a 20-point performance against the Bulls, hitting several crucial threes. As always, consistency is the key with Robert Covington.
5. Dario Saric: 11 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 28% 3PT
Dario provided tough defense and did a lot of the dirty work last week. However, he struggled to find his shot and was limited on the offensive end. Saric should bounce back once he gets his legs underneath him.
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6. T.J. McConnell: 5 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, 18 minutes
It is great to see T.J. continue to get better as a basketball player. He leads the team in field goal percentage at 54% and seems to have command of the second unit. McConnell’s impact isn’t always felt in the box score but he is a key member of this team’s rotation.
7. Markelle Fultz: 8 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, 33% FG
I find it exhausting to watch Fultz play basketball. He has moments where he flashes that top pick potential. Most of the time, it feels like anything could happen when he’s on the floor, both good and bad. Expect Fultz to see some more playing time with Simmons ailing, which I think could help him settle into the lineup.
8. Amir Johnson: 9 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists
Amir looks fresh and has played well through three games. He’s provided rebounding and defense to a second unit that really needs it. Johnson continues to hold down the backup center spot over Jonah Bolden.
9. Landry Shamet: 4 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists
Shamet looked like a rookie in Week 1. He provides a necessary skill that this team lacks and clearly Brett Brown trusts the youngster. Landry will no doubt have better weeks as the season progresses.