The Philadelphia 76ers are a much worse team on the road than they are at home. They are winless (0-5) in road games this season with their last road contest being the most embarrassing road loss losing 122-97 against the Brooklyn Nets. On paper, the 76ers are a much better team than they sometimes put on the court.
No matter how good of a team you are, turnovers will always come back to hurt you. The Sixers are averaging 18.6 turnovers per game on the road, which is about two turnovers more than their season average. In their loss to the Nets, the team had a season-high 28 turnovers, resulting in the Nets scoring 39 points.
J.J. Redick should replace Markelle Fultz in the starting rotation. Redick is a proven veteran and can shoot the ball. Head coach Brett Brown started the season with Fultz in the starting lineup so Fultz can show why he was the number one pick in the 2017 draft, but it hasn’t worked out as planned.
Redick is scoring 17.9 points per game in 11 games off the bench; Fultz is scoring 9.3 points in his 11 games as a starter. Coming off the bench, Redick is averaging more points per game than he did in his 70 games last season as a starter.
Having Redick on the floor forces the defense to respect ball movement and the three-point shot. Redick is dangerous because he can hurt teams by dribbling to his shot or catching and shooting. Redick is shooting just under 38 percent from behind the arc this season, and he makes timely shots in the fourth quarter.
Don’t get me wrong, having Redick in the second unit is essential. T.J. McConnell is inconsistent and has an unpredictable playing style, so having Redick on the court can slow things down. However, having him in the starting lineup can help set the tone on offense early in the game.
Playing Fultz off the bench will improve his game. With Simmons on the floor and playing point guard, he controls the tempo. Letting Fultz run the offense will allow him to play at his speed, which will get him more comfortable in the offense.
The season is young, but compared to last season it appears the 76ers have regressed. Redick started in 70 games last season, and Fultz didn’t play until the final few weeks, Maybe starting Redick again will at the least solve a few of the 76ers problems.