76ers Stats: Living and Dying by the 3-Point Shot

All statistics from Basketball-Reference unless otherwise noted.

By Bill Gorman, Sports Talk Philly Staff Writer

In the 2018-19 season, the Philadelphia 76ers were 19th in the NBA in 3-point field goal attempts at 30.2 per game and were 18th in 3-point attempt rate (percentage of the team’s total shots that were from 3-point range) at 34.2%. They finished the season 8th in efficiency from behind the arc, hitting 35.8% of their long-distance attempts. What all of this means is they were pretty good at hitting threes but were behind the league average in taking them.

How did general manager Elton Brand react to this minor imbalance? By trading (or allowing to leave via free agency) four of the top five Sixers in terms of 3-point attempts (JJ Redick, Landry Shamet, Jimmy Butler and Mike Muscala). They then signed, drafted or traded for Al Horford, Josh Richardson and Matisse Thybulle. The team also brought back Furkan Korkmaz to have an expanded role as a shooter off the bench.

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Depth Seems to No Longer be an Issue for 76ers This Season

By Kevin McCormick, Sports Talk Philly Staff Writer

The headline for the Philadelphia 76ers heading into the 2019-20 season was their starting lineup and how it could be one of the best in the NBA. With all of the hype that came with adding guys like Josh Richardson and Al Horford over the summer, some of the team's moves went under the radar. Due to the multiple moves that general manager Elton Brand made over the summer, not only do the 76ers have one of the best starting lineups in the league, they have also become one of the deeper teams. 

Lack of depth on the bench was always something which hurt the 76ers in years past. Having a weaker bench was something which cost Philadelphia at times throughout the playoffs, when the team faced the Brooklyn Nets and the eventual NBA champion Toronto Raptors. So far this season it seems that the problem of depth has been solved as the 76ers' second unit has shown a lot of promise early this season. 

The front office did a great job over the summer of bringing in the right group of veterans to pair with the stars in the starting lineup. Guys like Kyle O’Quinn, Raul Neto, and Trey Burke have all been around the league and know how to fall in line with their role. Each of those players also bring a veteran presence to an otherwise younger bench unit. Finding upgrades at both the backup point guard and center positions was an important task for Brand this past offseason, and those three players have shown to be serviceable when needed.

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Sec 247 Pod 61: Birds at the Bye- Rethinking Our Predictions

 

Lipinski & Watkins take a deep dive into the state of the Eagles during the bye week.  They review their pre-season predictions & discuss the Birds immediate future.  

  • The Eagles make the playoffs if...
  • The Eagles miss the playoffs if...
  • Will any other moves be made?
  • Have we changed our predictions?

Plus

  • Does Khalil Mack hate Chicago or just Halloween  
  • Who made Glen Macnow write his list of the top Philadelphia coaches/managers of the 2010's?!
  • A breakdown of Macnow's list while were at it! 
  • Watkins is in the Christmas spirit

 

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The 76ers Offense is Struggling: Are More Post-Ups the Answer?

By Bill Gorman, Sports Talk Philly Staff Writer

Bully ball. It has been a popular refrain among local media, 76ers fans and even the organization since general manager Elton Brand signed 6-foot-10 Al Horford, traded for 6-foot-6 Josh Richardson and brought back 6-foot-9 Tobias Harris to form the largest starting lineup in the NBA along with the 6-foot-10 Ben Simmons and 7-foot Joel Embiid.

Heading into this season, fans and analysts alike had visions of five defenders all with enough quickness and length to switch on any and every pick and roll or screen action. With defensive-minded reserves like rookie first-round pick Matisse Thybulle (6-foot-5 with a 7-foot wingspan), James Ennis III (6-foot-7 with a 6-foot-11 wingspan) and Kyle O’Quinn (6-foot-10 with a 7-foot-5 wingspan), predictions that Philadelphia would shut every opponent down and keep opponents from clearing the 100-point mark on a regular basis ran rampant among fans. Through nine games so far this season, the team is sixth in the league in defensive rating (points per 100 possessions) at 102.4: Things are going as expected on that end of the floor.

The 76ers offense this season was always going to present the larger question. Losing players who had accounted for 48% of the team’s 3-point attempts in 2018-19 presented a challenge the team will be facing all season. Making the floor spacing work with a lineup consisting of Simmons (a non-shooter), Richardson (career 3-point percentage in the mid-30s), Harris (the lone "shooter" in the starting lineup) and the twin-towers of Embiid and Horford was always going to be an issue for head coach Brett Brown to figure out. The hope is that, as the season goes along, the starting lineup will gel together and as a result floor spacing will not be as much of an issue.

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Are the 76ers Finally Receiving the Version of Furkan Korkmaz They Have Been Waiting For?

By Kevin McCormick, Sports Talk Philly Staff Writer

Through the opening eight games this season, there are a good amount of takeaways for this new look Philadelphia 76ers team. One takeaway nobody expected was the play of Furkan Korkmaz, who looks like he is ready to be a part of an NBA rotation on a nightly basis. 

After an impressive run this summer for the Turkish national team in the World Cup, Korkmaz looks like he has come into this season with newfound confidence. In his third season, he is posting career highs in both scoring and shooting. Three-point shooting has been looked at as a weak point for this team, but Korkmaz has been playing like he can be the floor spacer that the Sixers will need moving forward. 

So far this season, Korkmaz is averaging 8.9 points per game on 46.0% shooting from the floor and 47.1% from deep. He has scored in double figures in four of the team’s first eight games. He scored a career-high 20 points in Philadelphia's 114-109 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Monday night.

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No Snipers, No Problem. 76ers' Defense, Bully-Ball Mentality Make up for Perceived Lack of Outside Shooting

By Scott Cashin, Sports Talk Philly Staff Writer

The adage in business teaches us to buy when everyone else is selling. When going against the crowd, there is less competition for resources and an abundance of trade partners where favorable terms can be found. It has become a three-point shooting league. The team to emerge from this offensive movement will be the one that can force the opposition off the arc with elite defense and into the unfamiliar mid-range game where the reward is 33% less.

The lost art of defense, once highly valued in the NBA, has been replaced with three-point shots at volume. Teams are too eager to trade quick attempts in the hope of putting up rapid points on the scoreboard. But when teams are cold – they are freezing. If you take away the three-point shot, do they even know how to play in the mid-range? Successful teams take and convert the open shots given to them.

The Philadelphia 76ers underwent an overhaul this offseason. The team got taller and longer. Along the way they parted with JJ Redick and Jimmy Butler, leaving many to wonder where will the shooting come from? While still armed with an abundance of players who can score, none on the roster shoot above average from deep. This may sound alarming given the style of today’s game, but I am going to tell you that it is okay that the team is lacking the traditional outside threat. Redick certainly had games when he would catch fire and that should not be dismissed, however, it can be easy to romanticize the past and forget that:

  • Redick was cold for stretches shooting, also;
  • he had a below average handle for a guard that resulted in turnovers;
  • he was not a threat to drive the lane, allowing lesser defenders a position on the court; and
  • he could not stay in front of quick players on defense.

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Sec 247 Pod 60: Hindsight is 20-20

 


Lipinski & Watkins discuss the decisions made my DeSean Jackson and the Philadelphia Eagles regarding the WR's injury. Like they say...hindsight is 20-20.

Plus

  • Disney is going to remake the Might Ducks...stop the madness!
  •  Watkins was angry after the Eagles victory over the Bears
  •  J-Matt returns, why did he leave, and would Dez be a good fit
  •  Ben Simmons is a damn liar
  •  Should fans have faith in the Flyers
  •  And fatherly advice on dealing with crap in the tub...literally! 

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Krystle Rich of #SixersOutsiders Joins The Show

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By Victor Williams, Sports Talk Philly Contributor

After an aggressive season opener, Ben Simmons has seemed to shy away from scoring. Should we be concerned about Ben's offensive development? Tune in as Victor Williams & Krystle Rich of #SixersOutsiders discuss the emergence of Furkan Korkmaz, the importance of Al Horford, what to make of Ben Simmons so far & much more!

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76ers Remain Undefeated With Comeback Victory Over Portland Trail Blazers, 129-128

By Matt Gregan, Sports Talk Philly Editor

The Philadelphia 76ers remain a perfect 5-0 to begin the season after a 129-128 come-from-behind victory over the Portland Trail Blazers. Furkan Korkmaz hit a three from the corner with 0.4 seconds remaining to win the game.

Philadelphia did not have a lead until there were 10.1 seconds left in the game, and Portland was up by 21 points at one point in the third quarter. However, none of that mattered as the 76ers fought through a barrage of Portland threes to move to 5-0 on the young season. 

Here are some observations from the victory.

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Potential or Production: The Looming 76ers Draft Question

By Bill Gorman, Sports Talk Philly Staff Writer

Over the past two seasons, the Philadelphia 76ers have made it an organizational priority to add defensive specialists through the draft. Head coach Brett Brown highly values players who can play defense, and the organization has surely made strides in adding players over the last two offseasons, beginning in the 2018 NBA Draft, that fit his defensive philosophy. 

The team selected Villanova forward Mikal Bridges with the 10th pick of the 2018 NBA Draft. Bridges was thought to be a potential three-and-D player with lockdown potential and the ability to shoot 40% from beyond the arc, all while also possessing enough ball handling skill to run a team’s offense in short spurts. He had also played three years of college basketball, meaning he was seen as a ready-made NBA prospect.

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