The Bonus Brothers is a fantastic nickname
There’s nothing more fun than when a new dominant duo emerges in the NBA, especially when they play for your friendly neighborhood Philadelphia 76ers.
There’s a honeymoon period where seemingly every shot goes in, social media is bursting with a new generation of admirers online, and the real players on the pitch generally look happy playing next to each other. .
But there’s also a bit of stress that comes with coming together as a new duo, namely the coining of a nickname that’s both fitting and evergreen. Remember, a nickname is not crucial for success in the field. LeBron James and Kyrie Irving didn’t have a nickname, nor did the last NBA winning tandem of Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton, but in a league of “Sexland”, “LeBrow” and the best nickname of the last decade at least, “The Splash Brothers,” getting an elite nickname is a top-notch challenge in itself, especially when the duo have their own fantastic nicknames.
Luckily, after tinkering with “EmBeard” for a while, Jim McCormicka special contributor to ESPN.com, has come up with a wonderfully alliterative nickname for the dynamic Philadelphia 76ers duo of Joel Embiid and James Harden, and thank goodness it might just be “the one.”
Bonus points for the Philadelphia 76ers’ hopefully new nickname.
Joel Embiid and James Harden foul more than any other NBA duo. With both players ranking in the top 5 in average free throws attempted per game, fans can expect to see the top two Philadelphia 76ers players go to the line an average of 19.6 times per game, which, again once, ranks first among all. two players on the same association-wide team.
So naturally, if the new Sixers duo are going to earn a nickname based on their on-court abilities, a la the shooting of Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, why not incorporate free throws into the nickname?
It makes sense, right? But what could it be? The “Charity Stripers?” “The free throwers? “The Et-1ers?”
How about “The Bonus Brothers?”
It’s… damn good if you ask me. I mean, think about it, since Harden and Embiid officially teamed up, the Sixers have attempted 80 free throws, 34.6 more than their usual average over any given two games, and have regularly placed opposing teams in the bonus. with three, four or even five minutes remaining in a quarter. To their credit, the duo missed just seven of their 59 combined attempts over the past two games and helped secure the team a pair of game-winning wins over the Minnesota Timberwolves and New York Knicks.
Does this style of play drive some people crazy? You bet, Bill Simmons certainly not a fan of a Sixers mid-season glow, but hey, even if games take four hours to reach triple zeros, as long as they end in a win, who really cares ?
Joel Embiid and James Harden are very self-aware. They understand how they are perceived and have used it to their advantage in everything from Troli/Mtn. Dewy commercials, off-pitch fashion choices and distinctive ways to use social media. They know they are fast becoming the NBA’s biggest villains and will continue to garner disapproval from opposing fans for their dominance on the court and the frequency with which they foul. If there was ever a cheeky nickname that embraced the “Nobody likes us, we don’t care” mentality, it’s the “Bonus Brothers,” and I’ll use it in my Philadelphia 76ers cover until until a better and/or more official nickname comes along.