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Sixers Plan To Start Ben Simmons As PG When He Returns

Sixers Plan To Start Ben Simmons As PG When He Returns

The Process is already set in motion and it just doesn’t involve Joel Embiid.

Without a star-quality point guard in their roster, Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown intends to use Ben Simmons as one as soon as he returns from a right acute Jones fracture which has sidelined him this season.

While there have been no updates on when Simmons will be cleared to play, Brown has seen enough during his rehab to believe he can succeed at the one-spot on both ends of the court.

“I think it is a hundred percent me realizing what we have,” Brown said Thursday after practice. “Understanding that Jerryd Bayless could comfortably play a two, to talking with Ben more, to understanding the opportunity that we have to try this and to grow this. This is something that I’d think would be a mistake if we didn’t try it. I think the more I studied him and studied film and talked with him — I spent a lot of time with him since his injury — the more comfortable I feel, like this is the right path.”

When the Sixers drafted Simmons first overall, the original intention was to start him at power forward and utilize him at various positions on the court, including on the perimeter and at the point. Simmons averaged 19.2 points, 11.8 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 2.0 steals in his one season at LSU.

With Jason Kidd using Giannis Antetokounmpo at the point position, the notion of having a near seven-footer handling the ball on offense is not so farfetched now. If Simmons turns out to be as good as the Greek Freak– who by the way is scoring more points than Carmelo Anthony, grabbing more rebounds than Blake Griffin, dishing more dimes than Mike Conley, having more steals than Kawhi Leonard and has blocked more shots than Serge Ibaka this season— then we could say that move is a success.

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