After losing a tough game to the Raptors on Wednesday, the Sixers bounced back with a solid come-from-behind victory over the Pistons on Friday. Embiid was given the night off which allowed Jimmy Butler to shine as the primary bucket-getter. Let’s take a look at this week’s Sixers Rankings.
1. Joel Embiid (26 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 blocks)
It has been a struggle of late for Embiid. He had one of his worst games of the year against the Raptors scoring only 10 points on 5-17 from the field. He committed 5 fouls and looked frustrated with his inability to score the basketball. However, one bad game does not take away from the body of work Embiid has put in so far this season. The Raptors make most teams look bad and Embiid should be able to bounce back on Monday against Andre Drummond and the Pistons.
2. Jimmy Butler (21 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, 43% 3PT)
Butler had his best week as a Sixer, carrying the offense against the Raptors and Pistons. He scored 38 points in each game while shooting 52% from the field. His physical style of play was the difference maker late against Detroit as he clearly rattled Blake Griffin. After jawing with Griffin on a late defensive possession, he was able to bait Blake into committing a technical foul which ultimately swung the game in the Sixers favor. Jimmy has solidified himself as the second best player on the team.
3. Ben Simmons (15 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists, 1.3 steals)
Simmons seems to be trending in the right direction. After a slow start to the season, he is near the top of the league in net rating over the last 5 games while shooting 64% from the field over that span. Simmons has become one half of the headband brothers and has stepped it up on the defensive end. It will continue to be interesting to see how his game evolves with this new Big Three.
4. J.J. Redick (18 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, 37% 3PT, 91% FT)
It was a tough week for Redick who struggled to knock down the deep ball, going 7-for-22 from beyond the arc. Regardless of his mini-slump, it is nice to see JJ unafraid to continue to take his shot. The Sixers need spacing in the worst way and Redick is crucial to the team’s success.
5. T.J. McConnell (5 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assist, 57% FG)
McConnell has jumped into the top five! TJ replaced Markelle Fultz in the rotation and brought his trademark toughness and intensity to the lineup. He’s shooting the ball extremely well and playing great defense. McConnell should continue to see more minutes over the next few weeks.
Best of the Rest:
6. Mike Muscala (9 points, 5 rebounds, 1.5 assist, 35% 3PT)
Muscala had one of his better games of the season against the Pistons. He finished with 18 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists knocking down several key threes. He had a huge block in the fourth quarter that helped seal the win for the Sixers.
7. Wilson Chandler (6 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 40% 3PT)
He was a non-factor against the Raptors but played 37 minutes against the Pistons and provided a nice all-around performance. He should continue to see minutes at the SF and PF spots.
8. Landry Shamet (8 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 38% 3PT)
Landry didn’t see much playing time last week and may see his minutes scaled back in the next few days. According to Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Shamet missed practice on Sunday with lower back pain and is questionable for Monday’s game against Detroit.
9. Furkan Korkmaz (4 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 28% 3PT)
Korkmaz was non-existent last week.