Sports Talk with Brodes: More on Al Horford’s Bench Role & the Current State of the Sixers
It's the day after the Sixers took down the Clippers at home & there is still so much to talk about. With Al Horford coming off the bench, it changes what this team can potentially be after the All-Star break. Brett Brown has more options to work with and oh by the way, I used bold letters to stress that it's not a definite, but there is a chance.
I don't really fault Brown for waiting when it comes to moving Horford into a different role. It was a little bit on the long side, but he had every right to try Horford at power forward for a ton of games considering he is a respected veteran in the NBA, he was paid heavily, and because he has been starting since his rookie year.
I think it is interesting to think about the three position now. Who will start? Glen Robinson III, Matisse Thybulle, Furkan Korkmaz, and Alec Burks are possibilities. If it's not one player, Brown has a rotation that he can utilized based off match ups each night. The spacing on the floor is incredibly different and should leave Sixers fans optimistic as they wait for the Brooklyn Nets to come to town.
Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid can exist on the floor together. You saw it. Simmons finished with 26 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 assists with a dominant performance. With Kawhi Leonard on the floor, you can argue that Simmons was the best player in the game. Embiid was unbelievable, too of course.
Lastly, Josh Richardson's leadership seems to be very important in the locker room. Somehow, with Simmons, Embiid, and Horford, I think Richardson is the biggest leader on this squad.
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