Despite the Philadelphia 76ers coming off a clutch Game 4 victory in Brooklyn, they find themselves facing some serious questions about their future, mostly revolving around their two stars Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid.
See, without Embiid, the Sixers pulled off a blowout win in Game 3 of the series, with Simmons exploding for 31 points and 9 assists on 84% shooting.
The performance sparked a debate amongst the community as to which Philly player was more valuable. For ESPN's First Take co-host Max Kellerman, he argued for building around Simmons and suggested that an Embiid/AD trade would actually be great for the Sixers.
“Yea, I would, I would,” Kellerman said of trading Embiid for Davis.
“Primarily, it’s because of Embiid’s back, his health… There’s been injury concerns about him since he was in college, which is why he went third overall.”
During his tenure as a Sixer, Embiid has actually missed more games due to injury than he has played. His game is polarizing, but he cannot seem to stay healthy. Plus, with Embiid out, we see the way Simmons steps up. He is still, very much, a very valuable player who is not only unstoppable around the rim, but makes his teammates better as well.
When it comes down to it, swapping Embiid for Anthony Davis may actually be Philadelphia's best bet of maximizing their Championship opportunities. At the very least, most can agree that if the team had to trade anyone, they should star with the big fella.