Who Needs To Step Up For The Sixers In Embiid’s Absence?
Now that Joel Embiid will miss time due to an Orbital Fracture that needs surgery, the Sixers will have to rely on Ben Simmons and Dario Saric to step up for the remainder of the season. In the 11 games Embiid missed earlier this season, Simmons averaged 16.5 Points Per Game and 7.7 Assists Per Game while Saric compiled 17.8 PPG along with 9.1 Rebounds Per Game. The 76ers were 3-8 this season without Embiid on the floor so the rest of the team will need to raise the level of their play if they want to lock up home court advantage in the first round of the NBA Playoffs.
NBC Sports Philadelphia Pre/Post Game Sixers Analyst Marc Jackson joined The Sports Bash on Friday discussing who needs to step up in Embiid's absence:
“Dario has to score more; I think he has been a bright spot – He has shown time and time again that no matter who’s in the other uniform, he’s going to perform and he’s doing it very, very consistently. So look for him to have score as high as high as 20 (points), mid 20’s consistently….Look for JJ Redick to have to step up his scoring punch and then we go back to the big Point Guard, Ben Simmons, who said a few weeks ago ‘I’m not the kind of guy to score 45 Points but I know I can set people up’. Well I’m sorry Ben, you might have to score at least 20 (points) a game for this team to be able to do well in the playoffs without Joel (Embiid).”
Checkout what Jackson had to say about Embiid's injury, how the Sixers will need Fultz to score more to fill the void on offense, and more 76ers talk