Joel Embiid is Not Happy With His Role Since Jimmy Butler Arrived

Joel Embiid

Philadelphia big man Joel Embiid won't play Friday night when the 76ers take on the Pistons in Detroit. But we're ok. I know he wants to win.

Let's put that number in perspective: If you take a league average three-point shooter - Markieff Morris, for example (35 percent) - and look exclusively at possessions which end with that player taking a three-point shot, he averages 1.05 points per possession. He's scored 38 points in the Sixers' loss to the Raptors on Wednesday, then scored another 38 points tonight in a win over the Pistons with Embiid out of the lineup.

"I thought defensively, at the end of the game, those last four or five minutes, I thought he was excellent", Brown said. While Butler's scoring was important to this victory, it was the team's defense down the stretch that sealed the deal for the 76ers.

"After the last few games with Memphis and Toronto, it became clear through the eye test and just listening that the time was now", Brown said Friday morning. As our best player, I can understand him being frustrated. While the Sixers would do well to incorporate more actions into their offense involving Embiid and Butler, Embiid's comments don't mean the duo is doomed to fail, or that Embiid will forever be a less effective player with Butler around. He ended the contest with 38 points, six rebounds, six assists, three steals, one block and one foul, while shooting 13-27 from the field, 1-6 from the arc and 11-12 from the charity stripe.

Veterans Jimmy Butler and Blake Griffin probably won't be swapping Christmas cards this year, judging by what happened during Friday's Sixers-Pistons game.

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"But it seems like the past couple games, like with the way I play, our setup, [Brown] always has me starting on the perimeter ... and it just really frustrates me".

The rest did not seem out of the ordinary, considering Embiid's 892 minutes played is now top five in the National Basketball Association.

The Philadelphia 76ers will be up in MI tonight to visit the Detroit Pistons.

"My body feels great, and it's just I haven't been playing well", he said. But he has shot just 29 percent from 3-point range, which is the source of his frustration.

According to's Keith Pompey, Embiid attributed his struggles to his role since the Butler trade. He is still adjusting to his new role with the team, which is 18-9 and in third place in the East.

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