Ben Simmons claims he loves playing with Joel Embiid
Pretty much every basketball pundit believes Philadelphia 76ers stars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons can’t play together. There are numerous people inside NBA circles who believe the Sixers will trade either Embiid or Simmons this summer.
Embiid and Simmons continue to be an iffy fit together since both All-Stars do most of their damage in the paint, creating a lack of floor spacing for the Sixers. The addition of Al Horford has only exacerbated the issue.
However, Simmons says he loves playing with Embiid and that the Sixers are going to figure out how to turn things around once the All-Star break ends:
“It takes time,” Simmons said, via ESPN. “Not everything is perfect. Not everything works right away. I love playing with Joel. I think he’s an amazing talent, a guy I respect for his game, and I know he feels the same way about me. We continue to go the right way. There’s so many different things that we haven’t tried. We’ve got a lot of talent. It’s scary how good we can be.”
Embiid has appeared in 39 games for the Sixers this season. He’s averaging 22.9 points, 11.9 rebounds and 3.2 assists while shooting 46.6 percent from the field, 33.6 percent from beyond the arc and 80.6 percent from the free-throw line.
Simmons, meanwhile, is putting up 16.9 points, 7.9 rebounds and 8.3 assists per game. The lefty is shooting 58.4 percent overall, but that’s only because he shoots all of his shots near the basket.
If the Sixers don’t go on a deep playoff run this season, Embiid and Simmons are both going to find themselves in trade rumors moving forward. The Sixers, who were picked by many to contend for the Eastern Conference championship this season, went 34-21 during the first half of the season.