Doc Rivers on Joel Embiid-Ben Simmons fit: “It clearly works when they play together”


Doc Rivers shared his thoughts on the Philadelphia 76ers’ roster during his introductory press conference as the Sixers’ new head coach.

Rivers believes Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons are a great fit for winning basketball games. The former Clippers’ head coach also called the Sixers’ squad a talented team.

(via Andrew Joe Potter of The Score):

“(Embiid and Simmons have) won 65% of the games that they’ve played in, right? It clearly works when they play together,” Rivers told reporters during his introductory press conference Monday.

“I look at how many points we score as a team,” Rivers added. “I don’t care how we score. My teams have always been very good offensively, in the top five overall, and we score points, and we score points in a lot of different ways. We’ve got Ben, (who) can score points, we’ve got Joel, we’ve got Tobias (Harris), we have Shake (Milton), we’ve got Josh (Richardson). This team’s loaded with talent, we just have to figure out how to make it work the best.”

The 76ers didn’t advance past the second round of the playoffs in their three last postseason appearances. The Sixers couldn’t address the lack of spacing in their offense, especially in the playoffs.

With Simmons and Embiid being capable of scoring a huge bulk of points in the paint, Rivers will have to find a working formula for the Philadelphia’s superstars.