5 reasons for the Sixers’ recent struggles

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The Sixers started the season 8-2 before COVID struck. Now, despite the recent return of Joel Embiid and Tobias Harris, Philadelphia sits at 11-11, which appropriately places them 11th in the Eastern Conference. That’s certainly not an ideal position for a team with championship aspirations.

While it is far too early to smash the panic button, there is understandable angst around the fanbase. The Sixers have a very limited window to deliver Joel Embiid a ring-worthy team, and right now, people are beginning to wonder if the current Sixers roster can be considered such a team.

As Ben Simmons continues to miss time due to mental unreadiness, Philadelphia is looking down the barrel of a pivotal point in the season. An extended losing spell could spell doom, while a return to pre-COVID form would assuage a great many concerns.

So, why exactly are the Sixers struggling?

5 reasons for the Sixers’ recent struggles: The bench’s volatility

After torching the nets to begin the season, Philadelphia’s second unit has taken a notable step back. It’s par for the course — law of averages and such — but the recent dip in performance has certainly been cause for concern.

At the forefront of that conversation, of course, is Furkan Korkmaz, who is averaging 5.7 points on .296/.244/.556 shooting splits over his last 10 games. After starting the season strong, and showcasing potential growth as both a playmaker…

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