Do you often think about how it seems that some players just have the Sixers’ number all the time? They aren’t scrubs, but they certainly aren’t franchise players either. However, when you see a Sixer defender engage one of these select few, you get this sickening feeling in your stomach. It feels like this list could go on for days, but here is a potential starting lineup of cold blooded Sixers’ killers.
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PG: Spencer Dinwiddie
v. 76ers stats: 17.6 ppg, 5.3 apg, 45% FG, 45.2% 3P, 121 ORtg
Career stats: 12.5 ppg, 4.8 apg, 41.1% FG, 31.8% 3P, 112 ORtg
Dinwiddie > Kyrie at least against the Sixers it seems (until Kevin Durant comes back at least). Watching Dinwiddie get to the rim at-will is agonizingly frustrating, but nothing compares to watching a career 31.8% three-point shooter knock down shot after shot. Dinwiddie seems like a nice guy who worked his ass off to make it, but I’m starting to hate the man. I usually understand why the team drops on screens in a PnR situation, but Dinwiddie has me screaming at Brett Brown and every player to stop dropping.
SG: Dion Waiters
v. 76ers stats: 14.9 ppg, 3.5 apg, 41.3% FG, 40% 3P, 101 ORtg
Career stats: 13.2 ppg, 2.8 apg, 41.2% FG, 34.8% 3P, 98 ORtg
It’s been a while since Dion Waiters stepped on the court against the Sixers, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t cooked them before. To be fair, a lot of his stats were compiled during The Process, so take it with a grain of salt. It appears that the best of Waiters’ days have passed, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see him torch the Sixers at least one more time. While it appears Waiters will be waived by the Memphis Grizzlies, he could still be picked up by a team to provide one more Sixers’ assault. The nightmares of Waiters hitting a big shot Game 5 of a Heat-Sixers playoff series have been vanquished…for now.
SF: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson
v. 76ers: 11.4 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 53.8% FG, 25% 3P, 108 ORtg
Career stats: 9.6 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 44.7% FG, 21.7% 3P, 105 ORtg
Full disclosure: it took a while to find a prime candidate for this slot. The Chester native may not be an offensive juggernaut, but that doesn’t stop him from elevating his game against the hometown team. RHJ doesn’t light it up from deep, but he can find other ways of hurting the Sixers. He caused some chaos as a small-ball 5 in the first round of the 2019 playoffs as a member of the Nets. He can get to the rim against bigger guys and take the guards to the weight room. Sidebar: his defense on Ben Simmons. RHJ is one of the few defenders that is quick enough to stay with Ben but still strong enough to stymie him down low. With the Sixers and Raptors on a collision course for the playoffs, expect RHJ to have a game or two where he gets into double-digits and frankly just pisses us off.
PF: Marcus Morris
v. 76ers stats: 15.8 ppg, 6 rpg, 49.1% FG, 41.3% 3P, 121 ORtg
Career stats: 12 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 43.2% FG, 36.9% 3P, 107 Ortg
Anyone who has watched the Sixers since Ben’s rookie season can tell you just how much Marcus Morris kills the Sixers. People joke that Morris has never missed a shot against the Sixers, but it’s far from a joke if we’re being honest. In fact, his bump here feels far more reasonable than the eye test tells. Morris is another Philly native who circles Sixers games on the calendar and shows out against his childhood team. Marcus Morris is the epitome of the guy you hate but would love to have on your team. All the extra-curricular nonsense is annoying when he is the opposition, but we’d love it if he played for Philly. Thankfully, he was shipped to the West at the deadline, so there’s less of a chance for him to hurt the team now.
C: Aron Baynes
v. 76ers stats: 7.2 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 55.9% FG, 45.5% 3P, 125 ORtg
Career stats: 5.8 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 49.7% FG, 31.2% 3P, 111 ORtg
Aron Baynes is hands-down the most frustrating player on this list. If I have to watch him hit one more two-handed volleyball-set shot from the top of the key or the corner, I’m going to lose my mind. The man single handedly took years off my life during the Sixers-Celtics playoff series. I’m not sure what Baynes has against the Sixers, but he should bottle and sell whatever it is. My favorite part of this past off-season was finding out that he moved to the Western Conference. Even still, seeing him two times a year is two times too many. This behemoth is somehow more dangerous out on the perimeter than he is down low.. Perhaps it is that he gets up to play his Australian brethren. If so, maybe Ben should ask him to take it easy once in a while.
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