dhsilv2 wrote:NoDopeOnSundays wrote:dhsilv2 wrote:
Wow, my point went WAY over your head. Of course Embiid is a good defender either way. Simmons makes Embiid a BETTER defender, just like an elite shooter can make a big man a better offensive player. And Simmons is not remotely as poor offensively as you're comically implying.
No, your point didn't go over my head, Embiid will be elite on defense with or without Simmons, how much better Simmons makes him on defense is minuscule compared to how much Simmons hampers him on offense. And Simmons offense is terrible against elite teams, you can't sugarcoat that, go to the Sixers board and they're already talking about trading him, as a PG getting shut down by Aron Baynes is a real eye opener.
It isn't miniscual and you're grossly missing how much more important Embiid's defense is to his impact that his offense.
And I'll avoid a team board...
As it stands, the Sixers need Embiid's offense just as much as his defense, they need him to have the spacing necessary to develop into a closer because their PG can't do it, Harris isn't up for it and neither is Richardson. You're not going to win playoff games with Simmons out there passing up wide open looks.
Why avoid the people who watch him the most? Until Simmons starts shooting he will be a liability in the halfcourt against good teams, their defense isn't good enough to make up for playing 4 on 5 on the other end with horrible spacing. Just wait until they play the Lakers, what the Suns did with Baynes on Simmons will be magnified when the Lakers go with LeBron on Horford, Howard on Embiid and Davis on Simmons, allowing Davis to just roam around on defense. That will be on national TV and it will be embarrassing.