Forget the well-documented problems of the 76s with Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid. Al Horford has become a bigger problem – a $ 109 million problem.
Despite Simmons' absence, Horford hit a season low of 19 minutes on Thursday's defeat against the networks on Thursday and came off the bench for the second time in a row. He registered a minus 26 rating. On the ground, the nets exceeded nets 79-45.
"It's what the team needs right now, and that's exactly what we're doing," Horford said of leaving the bank, PhillyVoice.com said. "To be honest, I didn't really think much about it. I'm just refreshed to be back and ready for the second half of the season."
Coach Brett Brown said he would use the next 7-10 games to achieve a set rotation, which means Horford may not return to the starting lineup soon. The experienced striker scored an average of 11.9 points and 6.6 rebounds in 30.6 minutes per game. His score is the second lowest since entering the league and the upswing is a career low.
The addition of Horford, who signed a four-year contract for $ 109 million this off-season, should offer the 76ers one of the best places in basketball, a dynamic trio that's hard to keep up with. Still, they have the fifth best record in the Eastern Conference with 35:21, six games in the losing column behind the Raptors in the Atlantic Division. You fought aggressively, partly due to a lack of clearance.
According to The Ringer, the 76s jump from a net rating of minus 1.1 in 480 minutes on Horford and Embiid to plus 7.6 in 707 minutes with just Embiid. The pair had an average of 14.3 minutes per game and had the worst offensive rating (98.7) of two 76ers team-mates who played together for at least 300 minutes, NBCSports.com reported.
"Of course, as a group and as a team, we're still trying to figure out what works best," said striker Tobias Harris. "Just to have that mentality and to be able to do what could be a great move for our team and see if it works shows a winning attitude, a winning mentality, and we'll see , if it works."