This is the 23rd edition of the weekly 76ers mailbag.
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Answer: What’s good, Ryan? Happy Friday, man.
In regards to your first question, Milton played the way I envisioned. Things are different for him with Simmons, Joel Embiid and Josh Richardson back on the floor. He is no longer looked upon as a scoring point guard. His job is to stretch the floor and set teammates up. As we witnessed, the offense ran better when Simmons had the ball as the point forward.
I think Shake will have to handle the physicality of opposing teams better when handling the ball. That’s because squads are going to come after him hard.
I wouldn’t say that he’s an upgrade at point guard over Simmons, because the Sixers are at their best when the two-time All-Star has the ball. But I will say having Milton in the starting lineup gives the Sixers better floor spacing, which is needed.
A: What’s up, Moe? Thanks for the question. Look for the Sixers to reduce their rotation to nine players in the postseason.
Before the scrimmages, I expected Al Horford, Furkan Korkmaz and Matisse Thybulle to play the bulk of reserve minutes, and Glenn Robinson III and Alec Burks would be situational players. My opinion has changed after the three scrimmages. I currently think Korkmaz could have his minutes reduced or be a situational player. His defensive shortcomings could keep him off the floor. Plus, Robinson was having a great training camp before his injury, and Burks is showing a lot of versatility. I think we will learn more about another player who could have their minutes slashed during the seeding games.
A: Great question, Sean. Like I wrote in Friday’s Inquirer, it will depend on improving their chemistry. If that happens, they have enough talent to make a deep playoff run. If not, they might be in a battle to advance past the first round.
Coach Brett Brown must get the players to buy in as one.