The 76ers broke even this week but their offense has continued to stagnate with spacing issues. Markelle Fultz made 3-of-8 3-pointers this week, an encouraging sign for the future, but defenses are continuing to give him plenty of space which is clogging up the interior for both Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid. Simmons and Fultz played about 10 minutes per game together this week and the 76ers were outscored by an average of 22.2 points per 100 possessions in those minutes, with an offensive efficiency that would have been last in the league by an overwhelming margin.
The plan, for now, seems to be letting their young stars work through it, hoping that they eventually develop a rhythm and figure out how to complement each other well. But at some point, the coaching staff will have to pivot if it seems clear those lineups aren’t going to be viable in a playoff series. There is plenty of season left for the 76ers but how that core works together is going to be a key indicator for them heading into the playoffs.