“It Just Really Frustrates Me” — Joel Embiid Unhappy With Role

“It Just Really Frustrates Me” — Joel Embiid Unhappy With Role

Trust the process, Joel.

Joel Embiid is not thrilled with the way he’s being used as a “spacer” ever since the Sixers acquired All-Star Jimmy Butler.

The Philly big man says he has been “so trash” in recent performances; he’s shooting 43.1 percent from the field and averaging 23.8 points in 11 games since Butler arrived.

— Bro, I’d be HAPPY with that! 



Philly head coach Brett Brown says the Sixers need to get better at creating space for Embiid to operate.

Per Philly.com:

“I haven’t been myself lately,” said Embiid, who was held out of Friday’s game against the Pistons by coach Brett Brown. “I think it’s mainly because of the way I’ve been used, which is I’m being used as a spacer, I guess, a stretch five, which I’m only shooting [29] percent” from three-point range.

“But it seems like the past couple games, like with the way I play, our setup, [Brown] always has me starting on the perimeter … and it just really frustrates me. My body feels great, and it’s just I haven’t been playing well.”

The coach noted that it’s clear that opponents swarm Embiid after he puts the ball on the floor in the paint. He said the team is still working on how to react to that pressure.

“I do not see the connection of Jimmy having much to do with spacing,” Brown said. “In fact, I think it completely enhances the possibility to have better spacing.”


Jimmy Butler empathizes with Joel Embiid‘s frustration.

Butler says that Embiid is the Philadelphia Sixers’ best player, and that the team will figure out how to ensure his success on the offensive end:


“I know where his heart is, man,” said the four-time All-Star swingman. “His heart is pure. He wants to win. I can feel for him. It’s new to him. It’s new to myself. It’s new to everybody.

“But we are OK. I know he wants to win. He’s frustrated.”

Part of Embiid’s frustration centered on being held out of Friday’s 117-111 victory over the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. Brown gave him the night off because he has played a lot of minutes this season and was noticeably fatigued in Wednesday’s 113-102 loss to the Raptors in Toronto. Embiid had one of his worst shooting performances of the season that night. However, he denied being tired and said his struggles had to do with his new role.

“As our best player, I can understand being frustrated,” Butler said of Embiid. “He’s a hell of a player, and we’ll figure out ways to make sure he’s always successful.”

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