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Ben Simmons Shines In His Debut Despite Loss To Wizards

19 Octobre 2017

However, he has an extensive injury history and they really shouldn't give him extensive minutes at the start of the season.

It looks as if Jason Smith will get the nod after a 22 point performance in the Wizards preseason game versus the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Everyone else was handsome. Markelle Fultz was really impressive making plays for himself and others around the basket - though he similarly balked at shooting from any kind of range, and his free-throw motion still looks disturbingly close to my fourth-grade form - and fought on defense, generally showing that he can be a positive contributor even while he works on fixing his busted jumper.

Prior to Wednesday's contest, there was some frustration surrounding the Sixers star center after Brett Brown made it clear his plan was for Embiid's minutes to be in the teens, although the head coach did claim his decision would be based off the flow of the game.

But the real difference was in the wings.

"That's where we see Ben doing a lot for us", Robert Covington said.

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The Sixers hit 15 three-pointers on 43 percent shooting. Not Sixers players, anyway.

Despite a narrow 115-120 loss to the Washington Wizards in the nation's capital, the Australian showed his talent and what the Sixers have been waiting patiently for.

Numerous times during the game, Simmons was able to put the ball on the floor and take whomever was guarding him to the hoop. The game was down to the wire, but it was Wall, Bradley Beal and the Wizards picking up the home win to start the season. It's fine. It's great, honestly.

Simmons, playing in his first National Basketball Association game, notched a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds, and he added five assists to his night. We didn't get the win, obviously, but I just know this team can be special.

Will it happen in any of the team's first three?

"As a team we're getting there", he said. The two teams split last year's meetings 2-2 and the over-under was also 2-2. It's not gonna be long before the Philadelphia 76ers are the team that makes the rest of the East go "Oh crap, we have to play them on opening night?"

Ben Simmons Shines In His Debut Despite Loss To Wizards