Sixers have the most statistically dominant starting lineup in the NBA
The Philadelphia 76ers now have Joel Embiid and Robert Covington signed to long-term offers and an undeniably sturdy sense of chemistry.
We’ve already written about how Embiid and Covington make one another higher on the courtroom. Ben Simmons is off to an unbelievable begin this season, Dario Saric is capturing properly from lengthy vary and JJ Redick has confirmed his worth as an costly free company signing.
As a five-man lineup, they have outscored opponents by 29.three factors per possession. For comparability, Golden State’s finest lineup that has performed greater than 25 minutes collectively has solely outscored opponents by 16.9 factors per possession.
This unit for the Sixers has the second-best defensive score in the NBA and the third-best offensive score (116 factors per 100 possessions) in the Eastern Conference when trying simply at gamers who have performed not less than 100 minutes collectively.
They additionally have the finest defensive rebounding price (88.2 p.c) amongst gamers who have performed not less than 100 minutes collectively.
Philadelphia has the league’s most passes (353.three per sport) and their staff has the second-most assists (26.four per sport) in the NBA.
Overall, this has translated to 10 wins in their final 13 video games whereas outscoring opponents by a conference-best 6.three factors per 100 possessions throughout this stretch.
For even additional context on why that is so spectacular, not that this has come in opposition to a few of the finest groups in basketball (by way of The Athletic):
“Their strong play comes during a time when seven of those 13 games occurred on the road and against some tough competition, including the Houston Rockets, Golden State Warriors (twice) and Portland Trail Blazers.”
If the season ended immediately, Philadelphia can be the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference postseason.
However, they might proceed to enhance their performances as they have performed the hardest schedule out of any staff to date this season.
The younger core is already one in every of the finest groups in the East and that’s with out 2017 No. 1 general choose Markelle Fultz taking part in a single wholesome minute but in his profession.
While we have beforehand written about how dominant this staff may very well be with LeBron James, continued success might pressure the entrance workplace to see how properly they’ll develop their present roster.