4 76ers who are exceeding expectations, 2 underperforming at the All-Star break

These 76ers are not playing as expected at the All-Star break.
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Exceeding expectations: Nicolas Batum

Batum made an instant impact after arriving in Philadelphia. The 6’8 forward has been a versatile weapon capable of making plays, sinking open shots, and defending multiple positions. His minutes were limited with the Clippers, but the 76ers had a significant role for him.

Batum has averaged 6.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 2.4 assists in 25.5 minutes per game over his first 31 games with the franchise. He is shooting 52.8 percent from the field and 46.7 percent on his 3-point attempts. The Sixers have an unbelievable 140 offensive rating with Batum on the floor, and he will be a key part of their rotation whenever healthy.

The 35-year-old has not played since Jan. 29 because of a hamstring injury. He missed the final nine games before the All-Star break but appears on track to return in short order. The 76ers could use his playmaking and defense, especially with Joel Embiid out.

Fans must temper their expectations. Nicolas Batum is not going to play massive minutes at this stage of his career. The 6’8 forward will be productive when on the floor, but he needs to stay in that 25-a-night range. He is a key role player for the Philadelphia 76ers and someone they need in the postseason.