Sixers preseason a preview of key schematic differences from last year

Different gamers are perfect fitted to other schemes. 

The Sixers’ preliminary hope — and no longer a delusional one, apparently — is their offseason pickups will permit the crew to care extra this season about emphasizing strengths and no more about minimizing weaknesses.

The Sixers’ 4-0 preseason recommended the crew can have higher willingness to modify on protection.

“Yeah, we just have better personnel to do it,” head trainer Doc Rivers mentioned following follow Friday. “And we’re looking to do it with sure guys. The distinction is you’ll do it with (P.J. Tucker), Tobias (Harris), Danuel House, De’Anthony Melton, Matisse (Thybulle). 

“You’ve just got more names that you feel very comfortable with doing it — and not having to trap after you do it. So that’s been good for us. Paul Reed can switch a lot of guys. I told him the other day he has not guarded the ball well this (preseason), whereas I thought last year he did, so that’s an area he needs to work on. But he’ll get that, too.”

The essence of Rivers’ solution was once an identical Wednesday at the matter of blitzing and scrambling. 

He’d expressed reluctance about blitzing last year as a result of of the way it positioned his large males a ways from the ring and exacerbated rebounding considerations. 

“Yeah, definitely,” he mentioned. “First of all, they’ve just got great hands, so a lot of the passes are (deflected). I think we’re a better rebounding team. We’ll find that out, but I think we are. Again, the three guys that we’ve (added), two of them are guards but very good rebounders. And Tuck just kills the glass. I think that should make us a better rebounding team.”


One staff exchange Rivers addressed Friday is that Isaiah Joe and Charles Bassey are now not on his roster. The Sixers formally waived each gamers Thursday evening. 

“Tough one for me, just personally, because I really like the kid and I really believe he’s an NBA player,” Rivers mentioned of Joe. “He was just caught behind so many guys that it was very difficult. We had a long talk. And Charles, I believe he’s an NBA player, too. He’s got a long way to go, but he can get there. So we released two guys yesterday who I believe someday will be in the NBA and hopefully play well.”

As for the Sixers, they’ll hope to start their season smartly in opposition to the 2 groups that still completed the 2021-22 marketing campaign with 51-31 information. 

They’ll discuss with the Celtics on Tuesday and host the Bucks on Thursday.  

“They both switch a lot, so how well we attack their switches,” Rivers mentioned of offensive keys for the ones matchups. “They will trap some, and how well we attack the traps. We can’t become stagnant. Both teams are long, so they’re very switchable teams. We don’t want to just stand there with the ball outside the (three-point line) the whole game. We’ve got to pass and move.”

A large offensive function for the Sixers is making crisper access passes to Joel Embiid within the put up and on the elbows. 

Based at the preseason, it additionally turns out they’ll use a first rate quantity of three-man screening movements. Double drags and Spain pick-and-rolls save you fighters from focusing completely on one screener and one curler. Ideally, additionally they drive onerous choices about the right way to maintain unexpectedly moving, professional shifting portions. 

What is Rivers in search of in the ones movements? 

“One, getting to the paint, getting downhill,” he mentioned. “The large’s studying; in the event that they’re switching, you roll. If no longer, you place the choose. And additionally, getting the ball up and into our stuff. Last year I believed we got here down and sought after to run a play each and every time they made a shot. And what we’re looking to get our guys to do is we’re going to play the similar make or omit — the similar tempo. 

“And so we’ve got to get used to doing that. Even our guards have to slow down. Like today, they wanted a double drag. One guy was down and the other big was still running down, and (the guard) came off. But the big was still running down the floor. So that’s where we try to figure out our timing.”


Every crew the Sixers face will keep in mind that James Harden and Embiid in tandem must nonetheless be a go-to. 

Rivers has been preaching simplicity to his two All-Stars.

“If it’s not broke, why are we trying other crap? Run it, get it, swing it, play,” he mentioned. “So the last two days they really have done that well, and that’s been good.”

Tyrese Maxey gave a sure evaluate of the Harden-Embiid two-man sport’s evolution whilst acknowledging he’s no longer a true spectator. 

Even with a 3-for-13 time out Wednesday in opposition to Charlotte, Maxey averaged a team-high 17.3 issues within the preseason, taking pictures 52.2 % from the ground and 55.6 % from three-point vary. 

“It’s cool to watch,” Maxey mentioned, “but additionally I’ve were given to be engaged as a result of I do know for a reality if (Harden) comes off and he throws the pocket go to the massive fella — and my guy steps up and tries to take it away — I do know that subsequent go is flying in opposition to my approach. The coaching camp and all we’ve been doing main as much as this, the conversation with them off and on the court docket with each and every different, it’s going to turn up on Tuesday and for the remainder of the year. 

“It’s going to be huge. … Those are our stars. Those are our big-time players. Their connectivity has been really (good), and them in the pick-and-roll and their two-man game, I think they’re progressing really fine, so it’s going to be great.”







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