The common belief about LeBron James is that it automatically makes every team he belongs to much better. His eight NBA final appearances suggest that this is an accurate perception.
However, since James refused his player option on Friday at the Cavaliers ( see ) and allowed himself to act freely, it pays to analyze, I fit in with the Sixers.
Brian Windhorst of ESPN, who has coached James throughout his career, does not believe James would be the best match against Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid and his company.
"I should hear from Joel Embiid if I were LeBron James" Windhorst said Friday about about First Take. "I do not see the basketball game for LeBron in Philadelphia, you need Joel Embiid, who sits at the table with LeBron, and says," I'm ready to stand in the corner, as you did Chris Bosh and Kevin Love for the past eight years 19659002] That would be a pretty radical change from Embiid, and it does not seem necessary for him to completely change his game to James, as Windhorst suggests.
James has never joined He played with such guys as Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Shaquille O'Neal at the end of his career, Anderson Varejao and Joel Anthony, none of whom is in the Embiid league, in terms of ability in the Post to Score.
Embiid finished second in the NBA last season with 9.1 post-up points per game, and his 0.97 points per possession ball in the post-ups was in the 75th percentile of the league often from a best reason around him. While James is a player who needs a lot of ball, he should be more than capable of adjusting to a low post scorer. Considering how talented a passerby is, one would think that playing with Embiid would improve his game and not be a reason to eliminate the Sixers as a possible target.
Embiid last attempted three 3-point shots per game, and although he said outside shooting is part of his arsenal, his focus is to be "an animal in it." He would not have to change his way drastically if James came to Philadelphia.
"And then you have the reality that the six young perimeter players of the Sixers, Markelle Fultz and Ben Simmons, need the ball and can not shoot," continued Windhorst. "LeBron does his best with guys playing the ball For me it is, although it is very attractive as a concept, in my opinion in basketball makes no sense. "
This point is absolutely valid: James has been annealed in the past when he of three-point shooters like Love and Kyle were surrounded Korver, that's one reason why a three-D guy like Mik al Bridges was an attractive actor in the design. Simmons' usage rate of 23.5 percent last season would likely fall if he played with James and the development of his and Fultz & # 39; Springer would be crucial.
Still, if it's the best for the team, James might think ready to play the ball more. He did not allow offensive weapons like Simmons and Embiid to be wasted.
"I think LeBron has already decided what his choice is here," said Windhorst, "because I've spoken with several teams that have requested meetings for them, including some of the teams I think they are I think LeBron is pretty much focused on Los Angeles or Cleveland, but I think Philadelphia if Joel Embiid were willing to sit down, I think LeBron would be willing to listen. "
The Sixers definitely do not suit James. There are Kinks they need to work their way through – remember the fights of the Miami Heat 2010-11, when James teamed up with Bosh and Dwayne Wade for the first time? But a talented player like James should not have a problem with Simmons and Embiid. To say that Embiid has to stand in the corner for things to work is absurd.