As outsiders, it’s straightforward to make generalizations, to misconceive the precise dynamics taking place on the court docket and overlook professional causes for a participant to be annoyed. For instance, how might Butler be upset together with his position within the 76ers offense when, numerically, he’s getting nearly the very same alternatives he obtained in Minnesota? In Philadelphia, Butler has been making an attempt 20.7 subject targets per 100 possessions with a utilization price of 23.1 p.c, nearly an identical to his 20.9 subject purpose makes an attempt per 100 and 23.2 utilization price in Minnesota.

Clearly, the distinction is the character of these alternatives. For instance, Butler is much less concerned in shut video games with Philadelphia — his clutch utilization price has fallen to 23 p.c, from 28 p.c with the Timberwolves. He’s additionally creating much less of his shot alternatives himself — 62 p.c of his made subject targets in Minnesota had been unassisted, about the identical as Kyrie Irving’s quantity this season. Since becoming a member of the 76ers, that quantity has fallen to 39 p.c, about the identical as Thad Younger.

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Common contact size and several other different participant monitoring possession stats are presently unavailable on the NBA’s web site however insights offered by Sportradar and NBA Superior Stats into Butler’s pick-and-roll alternatives may help inform what’s occurring. The desk under compares Butler’s statistics as a pick-and-roll ball-handler in Minnesota and Philadelphia, for his three most-likely screener pairings (Gibson, Dieng, Cities for Minnesota; Embiid, Simmons, Muscala for Philadelphia).

Butler is dealing with the ball in pick-and-rolls far much less typically however, from a staff perspective, these gamers have been producing the very same return in Philadelphia as they had been in Minnesota. The distinction is that the screener is getting the chance to attain way more typically than Butler. He’s getting fewer alternatives to create with the ball in his arms and when he’s creating, the construction of the Sixers offense is set-up to extra of these scoring alternatives funneled to the large males.

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This is sensible. Definitely, nobody likes to have their talent set marginalized and Butler has the physique of labor to show he can produce extra if he’s given the possibility to. The query, in fact, is whether or not that’s in the very best pursuits of the staff or simply Butler.

Within the extra constrained position through which he’s taking part in in Philadelphia, Butler is a part of a way more profitable offense — the 76ers are scoring a really robust 111.2 factors per 100 possessions with him on the ground, rather more than the 104.5 factors per 100 possessions the Timberwolves managed. However that quantity drops precipitously, to 105.7 factors per 100 possessions, if we filter down to only minutes when Butler is on the ground with Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid (the situation when he would appear to be relinquishing probably the most on-ball duty). That offensive effectivity mark ranks 161st among the many 250 three-man items which were on the ground collectively for not less than 350 minutes this season.

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Altering the dynamic of the offense when these three are on the ground definitely dangers disrupting the rhythm of Embiid and Simmons, or just aggravating them and making chemistry points worse. However that trio has been on the ground for about 17.5 minutes per sport, barely outscoring opponents and placing up factors at a price nicely under their theoretical ceiling. Working to stagger minutes extra could possibly be a partial resolution — the staff’s offensive effectivity has been nice with Simmons and Butler on the ground and, whereas not nice, not less than stronger when Butler is on the ground with Embiid. Nonetheless you’re feeling about Butler’s character and interpersonal expertise, he might have some extent — there would appear to be upside for the 76ers in adjusting how they go about making an attempt to attain when their three finest gamers are on the ground collectively.

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