The backup center for the 76ers, Amir Johnson is 30 years-old, 6’-9”, 240 lbs, compared to 28 year-old Hassan Whiteside’s 7’0” and 265 lbs physique.
Additionally Miami has another legit 7-footer in Kelly Olynyk and an athletic 255 lb center in the 6’10” Bam Adebayo.
The present iteration of the 76ers resembles the Milwaukee Bucks team, but with the more lethal outside shooting threats of JJ Redick and Marco Belinelli.
In a way, Ben Simmons is Philadelphia’s version of Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Amir Johnson is a more physical John Henson.
The heavyweights for the Sixers are Embiid 250 lbs, Johnson 240 lbs, Richaun Holmes 235 lbs, Ersan Ilyasova 235 lbs, while the Heat’s frontcourt consists of Whiteside 265 lbs, Adebayo 255 lbs, Kelly Olynyk 245 lbs, James Johnson 240 lbs, Jordan Mickey 235 lbs, Udonis Haslem 235 lbs, Josh Richardson 200 lbs (??).
A nightmare pairing by the Heat would be Olynyk and Adebayo, who in 16 minutes together had a NetRtg of +35, 59% assist ratio, 73% rebound ratio, 71% true shooting percentage, and outscored the Toronto Raptors by 14 points in just 16 minutes.
That said, in their last eight games the Sixers lead the NBA in DefRtg, NetRtg, Ast%, Ast/TO, Ast Ratio, Reb%, EFG%, and Pace.
Basically the 76ers perform with more energy and intensity than the inconsistent Heat, who all to often mail games in when they don’t feel up to doing their job.
The days of championships orchestrated by Shaquille O’Neal, LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Ray Allen, et al are gone, replaced by good-enough results for sixth place this season.
Can the present team use their size and weight advantage to shut down the 76ers, like they did the Bucks, and give Heat fans hopes for an Eastern Conference Finals appearance?