Despite the game being a few days old, it was no mystery there were some things missing in that game.

Blake Griffin gashed the Philadelphia 76ers for 50 points on Oct. 23 where the Detroit Pistons hosted them. Even though the 76ers gave up 50 points to one player, there’s a lot more unknowns the team has to deal with than just it’s defense.

If and when Ben Simmons injured, who should start at point guard?

When Ben Simmons left Oct. 20 against the Orlando Magic with a back injury, it was Markelle Fultz who took over in relief. However, in both games, Fultz rarely saw the floor during crunch time, with T.J. McConnell playing more minutes in not only the Magic game, but on Oct. 23 as well. I’ve been an advocate for Fultz getting more playing time now that he’s fully healthy, but the interim point guard spot won’t be handed to him. He’ll have to beat out McConnell for those minutes, and show consistency with his jumper.

Can Mike Muscala be the backup stretch 5 the Sixers are looking for?

In Mike Muscala’s season debut against the Pistons, he blocked two shots in only 17 minutes of work. He’ll need to show he can be a consistent rim protector for the second unit, as Amir Johnson and Jonah Bolden aren’t the kind of players who can force opponents to take and make tough shots in the paint. If Muscala can keep consistent with the blocked shots, he’ll find more time on the court, and give Joel Embiid some much needed rest. Hopefully Muscala can continue to stretch the floor as well, giving the 76ers the floor spacing center they lacked last year. The 76ers will especially need quality minutes right now, as Bolden has yet to see the floor and Wilson Chandler is still nursing an ankle injury.

JJ Redick needs more help off the bench

Through his first four games, JJ Redick was averaging 19 points per game off the bench. He was also lighting it up from 3-point range, shooting 46 percent from three and hit what turned out to be the game-winning shot against the Magic on Saturday. However, Redick can’t do all the bench scoring by himself. No one else is averaging more than nine points per game off the bench. That is still a huge cause for concern. If Redick and one of the starters has an off shooting night, who will step up and provide a spark? Only time will tell, but for the time being, Redick has been on fire and has been putting up the numbers to be a starter.

Redick can’t be the only consistent 3-point threat

Besides Redick knocking down six of his 15 3-point attempts against Detroit, the rest of the Sixers team was 8-for-28 from downtown. The starting lineup was able to connect on only seven of their 25 attempts from deep. Redick and Robert Covington, and shockingly, Fultz are the only 76ers to shoot over 40 percent from three this year. Fultz is shooting at such a high clip because he averages just 1.2 attempts from three per game. Fultz would take take away some pressure from Dario Saric and Covington in the starting lineup when it comes to shooting, and give the 76ers offense more space if he can consistently knock down threes.

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My name is Jake Copestick, and I’m currently a freshman at La Salle University. I’m a lifelong sports junkie who’s down to talk about or watch any sport, especially basketball and football, and I’m a huge fan of the Denver Broncos and the Philadelphia 76ers. In addition to that, I might be the biggest March Madness you’ve ever met. I fill out a ton of brackets, and I enjoy the first two days of the NCAA tournament more than I enjoy my own birthday (because I can’t watch basketball for 12 hours a day at the end of July). I’m excited to be writing for Armchair, and as always, Trust the Process.
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Content Creator at Armchair Philadelphia 76ers , The Armchair All-Americans, LLC
My name is Jake Copestick, and I’m currently a freshman at La Salle University. I’m a lifelong sports junkie who’s down to talk about or watch any sport, especially basketball and football, and I’m a huge fan of the Denver Broncos and the Philadelphia 76ers. In addition to that, I might be the biggest March Madness you’ve ever met. I fill out a ton of brackets, and I enjoy the first two days of the NCAA tournament more than I enjoy my own birthday (because I can’t watch basketball for 12 hours a day at the end of July). I’m excited to be writing for Armchair, and as always, Trust the Process.

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