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Doc Rivers’ new strategy for Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons should get Sixers fans hyped

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New Philadelphia 76ers head coach Doc Rivers plans to run more pick-and-roll sets with All-Stars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons this season, per Keith Smith of Yahoo Sports.

Rivers, who was hired to replace Brett Brown, is being tasked with getting the best out of the Simmons-Embiid duo.

The Sixers haven’t gotten past the second round of the playoffs with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons leading the way. The two stars have been an iffy fit together since Simmons can’t shoot the ball and teams pack the paint against him, which prevents Embiid from dominating in the post.

New Sixers president of basketball operations Daryl Morey and general manager Elton Brand acquired Seth Curry and Danny Green this offseason. Al Horford is finally gone, too, so there should be more floor spacing for the Sixers this season.

In the 2020 playoffs at Walt Disney World, the Sixers got swept by the Boston Celtics in the first round in the NBA bubble. Simmons didn’t play due to a knee injury that required surgery. Doc Rivers was hired as the new coach after he and the Los Angeles Clippers parted ways.

Most pundits around the NBA believe this is the last season Simmons and Embiid will play together if the Sixers can’t make a deep playoff run. Morey is one of the most aggressive execs in basketball and won’t be afraid to shake things up in Philly.