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With the acquisition of Jimmy Butler, the Philadelphia 76ers will debut a new-look starting lineup Wednesday night in Orlando against the Magic, Sixers coach Brett Brown said.
With Butler in the fold, J.J. Redick will now enter the starting five with Markelle Fultz heading to the bench. Wilson Chandler will also enter the starting lineup in place of Dario Saric.
As expected, Fultz back to the bench tonight for #sixers. Embiid, Simmons, Butler, Redick, Chandler will start.
— Michael K-B (@therealmikekb) November 14, 2018
With this change, Fultz will run the second unit, which would include rookie Landry Shamet, Mike Musacala, and Amir Johnson.
It’s a disappointing move that had to be made with Fultz, who is scoring just 9.0 point per game and dishing out 3.5 assits on just 41-percent shooting. The big absence from his game has become the unwillingness to shoot, he hasn’t attempted a 3-point shot since Oct. 30 and is hitting on just 30.8 percent from three this season.
Adding Redick to the starting lineup gives the Sixers some spacing for Ben Simmons, who has seen teams play him differently this season, but with Butler in the mix, it takes some of the scoring pressure of Simmons and allows him to find the open guys and set up better offensive sets.