Sixers 133, Nets 114: Five quick observations

Embiid’s debut: Clearly the Sixers are a completely different team when Joel Embiid is on the court. It looks like the big man hasn’t skipped a beat. He looked a little gassed which is expected with his first game back since January, but he finished with 22 points on 4-of-9 shooting in just under 15 minutes on the court, and the Sixers got their first win of the preseason. He spaces the floor, gets to the free-throw line (where he was 14-of-18), is vocal defensively, and makes everyone around him look better. If he continues to play like this (and stay healthy), he could prove that he’s worth every dollar the Sixers have committed to spending on him.

Growing pains: Ben Simmons does not look very comfortable off the ball. Multiple times during the game, he looked stagnant and showed very little movement when the ball wasn’t in his hands. This is something that he’s done throughout the preseason and it continued against the Nets.

Strong sixth man: Dario Saric should absolutely be the first man off the bench. Like Embiid he spaces the floor and can shoot from deep. He’s constant and consistent on both ends of the floor and never gives up on a play. He’s earned the right to be the sixth-man at the very least. He finished with a game-high 26 points.

Accurate rotations: Before the game, Brett Brown said that against the Nets tonight, and against the Heat on Friday, we would see something closer to what the regular season rotation would be. The first substitutes to hit the floor were Amir Johnson, Dario Saric, Justin Anderson, T.J. McConnell, and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot. The second unit was impressive and had no problem maintaining a large lead. With the small amount of time they have played together, it’s encouraging that they were able to work together without any glaring problems.

TLC currying favor: Luwawu-Cabarrot doesn’t get talked about often, but it looks like he’s curried some favor with Brown, and will be a part of the rotation. At least it seems that way right now — lets remember that Markelle Fultz did not play. Luwawu-Cabarrot was impressive off the bench against Brooklyn, he’s extremely quick on defense and is able to shoot the ball with some consistency.

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