Sixers’ Starting Lineup Ranked Among Best in NBA
With a month of NBA action now in the books, it’s time to give a fresh perspective on teams around the league. Between the franchises who have shattered expectations and the ones who haven’t met, updated league-wide rankings are due and the Philadelphia 76ers are right in the mix. Recently, the people over at Bleacher Report ranked the top starting lineups at this point in the season. Most of the teams atop the list are expected, but there were some surprises. Despite not having the services of one of their franchise cornerstones, the Sixers still find themselves within the top ten in the NBA.
The Sixers’ starting lineup was among the best last season in terms of advanced metrics and lands in the ninth spot in these rankings. Being in the top ten might be shocking to some, but before the roster was hit hard by health and safety protocol, they were atop the Eastern Conference and had the league’s best offense.
Replacing what an All-Star like Ben Simmons brings to the floor is not an easy task. More has been asked of some players, and they have stepped up wonderfully to do their part in filling the void. They have done so well in fact, you wouldn’t think the group was missing one of its best players based on the numbers. Via BR:
Having said that, the stat sheet has no clue Philly is missing anything. While these five have only played six games together, they steamrolled opponents by 16.6 points per 100 possessions in those contests, the best such mark among all lineups that have played at least 75 minutes together. Maxey and Curry are shooting roughly 1,000 percent on everything, Green is bagging nearly 42 percent of his threes and Harris somehow finds ways to keep getting better.
Multiple factors can get attributed to the sustained success of the Sixers’ starting lineup, but a ton of credit needs to go to the starting backcourt. Tyrese Maxey and Seth Curry have both elevated their games and helped keep this team competitive.
After an incredible run in the postseason, many begged for Curry to be more involved this season. With more ballhandling duties up for grabs, the sharpshooting guard has been able to showcase other areas of his game. Not only is Curry connecting on 43.5% of his threes, but scoring on all three levels as well. The 31-year-old is averaging a career-high 15.4 points per game and doing so with much more than just his outside shot.
Maxey also deserves a ton of credit for the work he has put in this season. He continues to blossom into a true point guard while still showcasing his limitless potential as a premier scoring guard in this league. There is no denying the leap Maxey has made in year two has greatly softened the blow of being without Simmons.
Whether Simmons is in the lineup or not, the Sixers have talent all up and down the roster. With a transcendent talent like Joel Embiid leading the charge, their lineup is sure to remain among the league’s best.