WHY THE SIXERS SEEM TO BE ZONED OUT!

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.

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