The top overall pick in the 2016 National Basketball Association draft, Ben Simmons, believes he will be a point guard in the National Basketball Association and isn't anxious about his fit next to 2017 top pick Markelle Fultz as the pair attempts to mesh for the Philadelphia 76ers this season. Fortunately, head coach Brett Brown seemingly put that question to bed, as Matt Lombardo of NJ.com reported that the plan is to play Simmons at point guard. "I have no problem sharing the ball, he doesn't either". "He doesn't either", Simmons said. "I think we'll be a quick-paced team". They traded up in the draft to land Fultz at No. 1, drawn by his ability to play off the ball alongside Simmons. Simmons is an unconventional one at 6-foot-10. Meanwhile it was announced before summer league started that Simmons would not participate as he continues his recovery from a foot fracture that forced him to miss the entire 2016-17 season. "But I'm a starting point guard", Simmons, the No. 1 overall pick in last season's draft, told reporters in Las Vegas on Sunday night while watching the NBA Summer League games.
Simmons has been taking part in full-contact activity this offseason.
The Sixers believe Fultz, a solid shooter and another point guard, is the ideal backcourt complement to Simmons.
Simmons says he's excited to play alongside Fultz, and thinks it will be "easy" to share the ball-handling duties.
However, the team must find a way to incorporate free-agent acquisition J.J. Redick in the backcourt. He often penetrates and finds the open player while point guard Steph Curry is stationed without the ball at the 3-point line.