Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid Philadelphia 76ers partnership under microscope

The pair are just 27 games into the partnership, with the Cameroonian and Aussie showing extremely promising signs for the future. They shape as a fringe playoff team this season, with the sky the limit beyond that. Yet commentary has begun early about future power struggles between Embiid and Simmons, vastly different personalities who are on the ascent to stardom together, with inevitable questions to come about ‘whose team it is’. In a Ramona Shelburne feature for ESPN Magazine, Embiid said he was fully aware of the pressures that would fall on their relationship, with sidelined 2017 No.1 draft pick Markelle Fultz still to be added to the dynamic. “We’re still working on our chemistry, especially with me and Ben on the court,” Embiid says. “I think with everything, the main thing we have to do is just stay together, because I feel like there’s going to be some type of situation where people say who is better between us three. And that’s how it splits.”