The Philadelphia 76ers’ bizarre February, by the numbers

Joel Embiid | Philadelphia 76ers (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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20 percent from three for the newcomers

The strangest but not so strange thing to happen in February is the dip in shooting percentages from the Sixers’ newest acquisitions, Alec Burks and Glen Robinson III. The reason the Sixers got them in the first place was to space the floor. Burks and GR3 were shooting threes at a 37.5 and 40 percent clip, respectively, before coming to Philadelphia.

Ever since their ever so slow arrival in Philadelphia — they took a horse-drawn carriage to South Philly — just like their arrival, they have started off slow. They have shot the three at a combined 6-for-30 from the field, which is a not so shiny 20 percent clip.

If this happened to them on any other team, questions would be raised on if they are mentally or physically alright and what are the Sixers feeding them. Given the Sixers’ history and track record of three-point shooters getting worse when they get here, it is no surprise. They went from averaging a combined 39 percent from three in Golden State, to a whopping 20 percent in Philadelphia — GR3 hasn’t even made a three yet (he is 0-for-8)

Hopefully this changes in the coming months, and they find their form back for the month of March and so forth. The Sixers are going to need all the spacing they can get, so they can let Embiid and Simmons be their dominant selves in the paint.

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Now that the awful month of February is over, and we lost both our all-stars. We can only be optimistic from on here out. It will be a tough stretch of basketball to watch — first time since 2017 at least one of Simmons or Embiid are not in the lineup. The only bright spot February has left us, is that it can’t get any worse from here…. right?