Sixers coach Brett Brown confirms new starting lineup with Jimmy Butler in town
Now that Jimmy Butler is officially a member of the Philadelphia 76ers, questions remained about the new starting lineup. More specifically, who will it include? Head coach Brett Brown touched on this topic during Wednesday morning’s practice session.
Brett Brown just confirmed this. https://t.co/TNOLuZ5YKC
— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) November 14, 2018
This means, as expected, Markelle Fultz will be going to the bench.
On paper, this group of players look formidable, but it’s difficult to gauge how they’ll mesh until they’re on the court as a unit in a game setting.
The Sixers held an introductory press conference for Butler on Tuesday morning. During his media availability, the four-time All-Star noted that his ultimate goal with the team is winning a championship.
“It’s above everything,” Butler said, per ESPN’s Tim Bontemps. “That’s why everyone plays this game: to win a championship. Getting that trophy, getting that ring, owning that point in time when you’re the best team in the world, that’s special … that’s the goal.”
Sixers fans are excited for Butler’s arrival. In fact, some fans in Philly are already claiming that the trio is the NBA’s next ‘Big 3.’
In his 10 appearances with the Timberwolves this season, Butler, who’s expected to make his debut with the Sixers on Wednesday night, posted averages of 21.3 points on 47.1 percent shooting from the field (37.8 percent from beyond the arc), 5.2 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 2.4 steals and a block in 36.1 minutes per outing.
The Sixers will make their way to Orlando on Wednesday for a matchup against the Magic. Tip-off inside the Amway Center is set for 7:00 p.m. ET.