Age: 24 Height: 7-0 Weight: 250 lbs School: Kansas
Since Jimmy Butler was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers in mid November, they’re 9-3 and have looked like the team Sixers fans have waited years for. Embiid said recently that he’s been frustrated with how he’s played since Butler joined the team, and also with how he’s been used. Butler didn’t shy away from addressing Embiid’s comments.
Last time they met, Detroit had it easy: Philadelphia's hulking center Joel Embiid was given the night off to rest. In Embiid's absence, Jimmy Butler had 38 points, his second straight game with 38, matching his single-game high during his brief 76ers tenure.
Philadelphia 76ers recruit Jimmy Butler understands Joel Embiid's unhappiness after the All-Star voiced his frustration with his role. Embiid lamented his role in the 76ers' offense since Butler was acquired from the Minnesota Timberwolves in November, having sat out Friday's NBA win at the Detroit Pistons. Philadelphia's Embiid has struggled for form after he was just five-of-17 from the field for 10 points in a loss to the Eastern Conference-leading Toronto Raptors on December 5.
Joel Embiid got Friday night off for "rest," but the Philadelphia 76ers star said that's not what he needs to fix his lagging production. "My body feels great, and it's just I haven't been playing well," Embiid said. Instead, he point to a changed role since the arrival of Jimmy Butler in a trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Sixers center Joel Embiid said he feels his offense has taken a hit since the team acquired Jimmy Butler last month, saying that being used as a stretch-5 "really frustrates me."