Hayes: Certainly Brett Brown Deserves A Lot Of Credit
As the Sixers head down the stretch of the regular season without Joel Embiid, they need others to step up and fill the scoring void without the All-Star Big Man on the floor. Among the players stepping up for the Sixers during their recent 10 games winning streak have been Ersan Ilyasova and Marco Bellineli. In his 22 games since joining the 76ers, Bellineli is averaging 12.4 Points Per Game and shooting 37.6 Percent from Three Point Range off the bench. Ilyasova, who is in his second run with the Sixers, has experience playing without Joel Embiid on the floor; in 26 games playing without Embiid, Ilyasova is averaging 14.8 PPG and 7.5 Rebounds Per Game. Earlier this season, the 76ers were 3-8 in games without Embiid but they are now 2-0 since Joel's facial injury and their next game is at home versus the Brooklyn Nets.
Philadelphia Daily News Sports Columnist Marcus Hayes joins Josh Hennig on Monday talking who deserves credit for the improved supporting cast around Ben Simmons:
“Bryan Colangelo did a wonderful job of identifying the type of player that (Sixers) needed to complete this team whether or not Markelle Fultz returned. (On Sunday) they got 38 Points off the bench among the regular (bench) players, they got 42 total – Two months ago that was the only issue the Sixers had really, they got no bench; They had the best starting five and maybe the second or third worst bench as far as production goes. So yeah Bryan Colangelo deserves a lot of credit, certainly Brett Brown deserves a lot of credit for using that talent correctly.”
Checkout what Hayes had to say about Jalen Brunson and Villanova in National Championship game, Sixers reaching the playoffs, along with perspective on Gabe Kapler's first games as Phillies Manager