Happy Easter, everyone! I know we’re living in a COVID-19 pandemic world, but I have to believe there are still plenty of households out there made brighter today by a traditional Easter Egg hunt. However, in the world of sports, eggs, or more specifically, goose eggs, aren’t usually a good thing. I thought I would look back at some significant recent goose eggs from current Sixers players and we could vote on which was our least favorite. To the lowlights!
Joel Embiid: 0 points vs. Toronto Raptors on November 25, 2019
The Sixers were off to a strong 11-5 start to the season, and Joel Embiid and company were staring down their first shot of revenge against the Raptors club that had eliminated them from the playoffs the previous spring. Marc Gasol and the Raptors had other ideas, though, most significantly holding Embiid to a career-low zero points in a Toronto victory. The big man went 0-of-11 from the field, including 0-of-4 from 3, and 0-of-3 from the foul line. Joel’s poor performance led to the usual hyperbole from drama-driven ESPN personalities, some trolling from Drake, and I suspect got the ball rolling on the “soft” comments to come from the TNT guys a couple weeks later. Of course, Embiid is awesome, so he ripped off lines of 33 points and 16 rebounds, 27 points and 17 rebounds, and 32 points and 11 rebounds across his next three games, but I imagine the outing in Toronto still stings.
Stephen A. Smith’s reaction to Embiid’s scoreless game is priceless pic.twitter.com/1TfXosswiL— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) November 26, 2019
Ben Simmons: 0 3-pointers made during his first two NBA seasons
Shoot a 3, you coward! That line became the troll’s go-to phrase to direct at former first overall pick Ben Simmons, who, despite being dubbed by head coach Brett Brown as the team’s point guard, decided to time travel back to before 1979 and pretend the 3-point line did not exist. Any 3-point attempts logged during his rookie season were end-of-quarter heaves, and it wasn’t until February of his second season when, spurred on by disrespectful defense from his mentor LeBron James, Simmons attempted his first actual triple against the Lakers. However, it took until November 20, 2019 against the Knicks for Ben to finally successfully get on the board (non-preseason edition). However, we are still a long way from Brett Brown’s call for one 3-point attempt per game; to date, Simmons only has two made 3s.
Tobias Harris: 0-of-23 from 3 stretch during the 2019-20 season
Fresh off his signing a five-year, $180 million contract last summer, Sixers fans were expecting big things from Tobias Harris heading into the 2019-20 season. Imagine their surprise then, when just two weeks into the season, Tobi would miss 23 straight 3s across a span of six games (four of them Sixers losses). Sports, like life, is a series of ups and downs, though, and Harris would bounce back to shoot a respectful 36.2 percent from 3 on the season before the league suspended play.
Glenn Robinson III: 0 made 3s across first 11 attempts with the Sixers this season
The Sixers traded for Glenn Robinson III and former Warriors teammate Alec Burks at the trade deadline on February 6, 2020. It wouldn’t be until March 3 against the Lakers when Robinson made his first 3-pointer as a member of the Sixers (for the second time), missing his first 11 3s across that nearly one-month span. Sure, you hate to knock a guy for missing some shots across an incredibly small sample size. Tobias Harris had a single game where he shot 0-of-11 during that slump I mentioned above! But what was really galling was during this stretch, Robinson leaked to the media how he didn’t understand his role with the team. I have to believe Brett Brown was thinking, “I don’t know, maybe your role could be to hit a shot!”
Anything I missed? Which was your least favorite Sixers goose egg from this current roster (or maybe even before)? Let us know in the comments, and again, Happy Easter!
Least favorite Sixers goose egg
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Embiid’s scoreless game against Toronto
Simmons’ zero 3s across first 2 seasons
Harris’ 0-of-23 from 3 slump
Robinson missing first 11 3s post-trade