What’s Wong with the Sixers Defense?
While the offense has been well-above expectations the defense has been poor. Why?
Ironically, it’s the same reason that the team has been putting up points: shot selection. The Sixers have chosen a “pack the paint” strategy that Wesley Share digs into on Hoop76.
Here’s an excerpt:
If it seems like opponents are lighting up the Sixers from 3-point land night in and night out, that’s because they are. The defense is surrendering a league-high 29.7 attempts per game, which is four more attempts per game than the Thunder, who give up the second-most attempts. While NBA teams are shooting more 3-pointers than ever–and thus, giving up more 3-pointers on the aggregate–the Sixers’ defense is headed for a record-setting season.
For the whole article, you can check it out here. Definitely worth the read as it provides an interesting look into the methods of Brett Brown (<33333333).
Sixers play their next game Wednesday at 7:00 in Orlando.