“Theis has been a little bit disappointing this season” is...an interesting take.I was really impressed with Kanter last night. I thought he played Embiid reasonably well on the defensive end, and of course was his usual hyper efficient self on the offensive glass. He even hit a 3 pointer! On the flip side, Theis has been a little disappointing this season. He is still doing his great job on the seals, but he looks too tentative on the 3s. If I recall correctly, he even upfaked his 3PA last night when there was no one anyone near him, which resulted in then taking a somewhat more contested 3PA (which he missed). WIth Embiid standing 10 feet away from him, he needs to be able to take and make those 3s.
As impressive as Tatum was last night, I do think he falls into hero ball a bit too much. I'm just not a big fan of taking shots without ever passing the ball. I don't know, maybe guys appreciate having a bit of a "rest" on an offensive play to have someone just take the ball, create their own shot, and all you have to do is stand there. But, as a fan, my favorite basketball is watching the ball zip around the court and find someone with a wide open shot.