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Brett Brown: Ben Simmons Will be a ‘Facilitator’ in 76ers Offense

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At LSU and in the NBA Summer League, Ben Simmons was able to showcase just how amazing his passing skills are and how he excels at creating plays for the teammates.

What we from Simmons in college and at the summer league led many to speculate how the Ben Simmons will use Simmons in their offense. It’s well known that Simmons, the number one pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, isn’t a very strong shooter as of yet, but he is very good at getting his teammates touches.

76ers head coach Brett Brown very recently ended the speculation on how the team will elect to use Simmons in their offense:

From Joseph Santoliquito of CBS Local in Philadelphia:

“I can’t wait for the season to begin and all over the place I’m very, very excited to start our season,” Brown said. “I think [Simmons] is going to have some taste of (point guard)for sure. He’ll dictate that himself when he rebounds and leads the break. I’ve said it many times, I think the NBA point guard is the hardest position in the NBA.

“He’s never played point guard, let alone NBA point guard, so what do you think he’s going to be? He has a real good chance to be that. I think initially we’re going to play him in different positions and that (point guard) will certainly be one of them. I believe he’s an elite passer. He has the mentality to do that first—and in a 6-foot-10 frame that weighs 240, 250 pounds, at 20 years old. That’s a great package to work with to play multiple positions.

“He’s going to be a facilitator. You’re going to see (Simmons) making plays. The ball will be in his hands and you can call what position you want. He’s certainly going to have the ball in his hands a lot, and everybody will certainly be reaping the benefits of that and truly enjoy playing with him. What we will say is we will give him the ball as much as we can.”

If you look at Philadelphia’s roster compared to year’s past, they have made significant improvements. The team still has Nerlens Noel, and they will finally have Joel Embiid and Dario Saric on the court this year after signing Gerald Henderson and Jerryd Bayless in free agency.

It certainly looks like more wins will be in the city of brotherly love this season then years past. Buckle up, 76ers fans.

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