elchengue20 wrote: Bum Adebayo wrote:
AI_Efficiency wrote:Lol it has only been two games, but Embiid is putting up 30 ppg on 64% true shooting. That is better than what Kawhi put up during his dominant playoffs last year. I don't think Embiid's play so far is evidence that a big man cannot work / be an efficient scorer on a contender. No one can do it alone, and Embiid just doesn't have other efficient scorers to help him. The team defense is also terrible, but that is likely some combination of the scheme and the abilities of our perimeter defenders to guard their perimeter guys.
The evidence is that Embiid cannot be your first option on offense, there is no problem if he takes a lesser role, a 2nd or 3rd option depending on the roster construction, and he could conserve more energy to play proper defense, which clearly it's nowhere to be seen from him these days. However, with our current roster construction and situation, I don't see who is that 1st option that we could get?
Embiid can score no doubt, but not when things get tough, he just disappears, be it because of stamina issues or god knows why, he is not a reliable scoring option if you want to win a championship.
Embiid can be 1B, or an elite second option. Maybe he can even be a 1rst option. But you need an elite perimeter scorer/playmaker alongisde him if you want to be a real contender. Just like Shaq had Kobe/Penny, Duncan had Parker/Ginobili, KG had Pierce/Allen, etc.
Ben isn't and is never going to be that kind of player. We need to trade him and try to bring Beal. Maybe Lavine, or something like that. Jimmy actually was very close to the player we need. We just had to soround him and Joel with 3+D guys and not fricking Tobias Harris.
I think in terms of roster construction based on offense, a good model is the Celtics.
Biid can be as good of a scorer like Tatum. But he needs a Kemba, Hayward and Jaylen.
This is why I said Ben creates a domino effect of problems. Because you need to make him number 2, max him out, and have to give him the ball whenever he is on the court while not being the scorer. He is a below average scorer for a number of a championship team. A guy like Hayward, who is number 4 scorer for the Celts, is a better scorer than him.
Having Ben also means you can’t have Brogdon or Jimmy. Both also needs the ball to be maximized while both also are poor 3pt shooters.
Not saying Biid and Ben won’t work. But it just means you then need to ask a lot for your 3rd and 4th best players. They should be so good that Ben will look like a role player like Rajon Rondo with the Celts.
Anyway, we’re here and let’s just focus what we can extract in this series.
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