Simmons playing 5-on-5

Sixers' former No. 1 draft pick Ben Simmons: 'I'm a starting point guard'

"Coach (Brett Brown) wants to start me at the point", Simmons told ESPN .

At 6-10, it is safe to say that Simmons is not built like your traditional point guard. "We would know a lot more if he had played".

The Philadelphia 76ers prior to the 2017 NBA Draft moved up to the first overall pick to eventually select former Washington point guard Markelle Fultz. While he played forward for the majority of his one season at LSU, Simmons is thought to be an extremely gifted passer with well above-average court vision.

Or at least it did until Simmons responded to any question about his role on the team and what position he'll be playing this coming season. "I have no problem sharing the ball, he doesn't either". It would also allow Fultz to come in and focus on being a scorer first, which he had much success doing in his lone season at Washington previous year. They traded up in the draft to land Fultz at No. 1, drawn by his ability to play off the ball alongside Simmons.

That said, the Sixers are still shutting him down for the remainder of the Vegas Summer League and they're preventing him from taking part in basketball activities for the next two weeks. 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. He's also talking like a player who's officially bought into what his head coach is selling with him at the one-guard spot.

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