Sixers Guard shows up but may have just lost his minutes.

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Sixers Guard shows up but may have just lost his minutes.

Playing for a title contender can be a tough job for a young player; something Isaiah Joe of the Philadelphia 76ers experienced firsthand. The 22-year-old entered the NBA as a late second round selection and spent most of his rookie campaign watching from the sidelines while older players won games.

However, when he was forced to act, Joe took his chance and excited many Sixers fans for his future. Over a five-game period in January – when COVID-19 had understaffed the Sixers – the Arkansas product scored 12.4 points in 28.9 minutes per contest, shooting 43.6% of three.

Joe showed up again this preseason, with 64% of his punches from the ground and 63.2% from three-point range. But if you ask Sixers security guard Tyrese Maxey, he’ll tell you it’s normal for Joe.

“Not at all surprised … this guy really doesn’t miss,” Maxey said of his teammate’s recent efforts on the Sixers’ Lauren Rosen. “It’s great to see him so successful … I love to see him at the games, but in practice, when I have to guard him, it’s not fun.”

Joe proves he has something to offer at the NBA level. Unfortunately, future fans will have to wait a little longer now because Ben Simmons suddenly returns to Philly.

With Simmons’ own future in Philly nearly non-existent for the past few weeks, the team’s starting position was a hot topic during the preseason. And Tyrese Maxey and Shake Milton both made strong arguments for the three-time all-star.

Further down the Doc Rivers depth map, there seemed to be opportunities for other members of the team’s backcourt group too, and Joe’s strong preseason had apparently expected him to see a big climb in minutes this season.

However, Simmons ‘surprise appearance at the Wells Fargo Center during the Sixers’ latest exhibition game is likely to change that.

Whether his future lies in Philadelphia or elsewhere, the best thing for both parties in the Simmons Sixers debacle is to have him on the court. He may want to fold, but his participation can help the Sixers win games in the meantime while adding to his own trading value.

When Simmons returns to the square there will be a big ripple effect. Maxey, Milton and Joe would cede all season to the former Aussie and as the low man on the totem pole, that could make all the difference whether he has a spot in the rotation or not for the latter.

It’s a scenario that made Bleacher Report’s Dan Favale complain, “Let’s also take a moment to scream at Isaiah Joe for being the best three-point shooter alive this preseason.”

Despite the strides he’s made this preseason, this could just be Joe’s great claim to fame for the foreseeable future.

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While Simmons received a lot of negative press during his holdout, one person who can empathize with him is Brandon Graham, the Philadelphia Eagles’ defensive end. After struggling early on in the city of brotherly love, Graham was also the object of fanatic wrath.

In the end, he recovered to become a pro bowler, Super Bowl champion, and fan favorite. However, he believes that Simmons’ path to salvation could be more difficult. Still, he has a pretty good idea of ​​how the former number 1 overall is going to handle the situation.

“It’s a little bit worse for him because I feel like a basketball player because you can see them and they are visible and people notice them a little more,” Graham said of 94WIP. “When I wasn’t playing that well, people wanted me out of town. They wanted me to be cut and all that. It got me and I didn’t want to be here and I had to fight it and I did. And the way you deal with it is how you go out and play and perform, so I focused more on my craft and wasn’t worried about what other people had to say. I had the feeling that things were changing for me. “

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In the end, he recovered to become a pro bowler, Super Bowl champion, and fan favorite. However, he believes that Simmons’ path to salvation could be more difficult. Still, he has a pretty good idea of ​​how the former number 1 overall is going to handle the situation.

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