By Martha McIntosh
Thanks to a lack of dependable perimeter shooters around All-Star center Joel Embiid, no team faces more zone defenses than the Sixers.
That’s because Ben Simmons (above), Embiid’s fellow All-Star, has attempted only five 3-pointers all season — sinking two after shooting 0-for-17 from deep over his first two NBA seasons.
The Athletic reported in December that the Sixers saw a zone on 156 possessions in a three-game stretch against Miami, Dallas and Washington over a four-day span.
According to Synergy Sports data used in the report, 21 of the league’s 30 teams faced fewer than 156 possessions of zone defense for the entire 2018-19 season.