‘I DON’T LOOK AT SIMMONS AS JUST A PURE 4, HE’S A BALL HANDLING 4!’

By Sam Bush

Sixers big boss Bryan Colangelo is happy to discuss what he thinks of LSU’s Ben Simmons.

“I don’t look at Ben Simmons as just a pure-four,” Colangelo said recently on the Fanatic. “I look at him as a ball-handling four. I look at him as a guy who is going to distribute the basketball and initiate the offense. I think there are a number of arguments that can be constructed with him.

“He sets teammates up for scoring opportunities. He’s really good on the grab-and-go. He grabs rebounds and runs the break, runs the transition and distributes the basketball. He drives and kicks. He finds the basketball. We just have to put adequate shooters around him.”

The Sixers, thanks to last week’s lottery win, will have their choice between Ingram and Simmons and Colangelo sounds as if he has already given plenty of thought about how to build a team around the LSU product.

Simmons averaged 19.2 and 11.8 rebounds per game in his lone collegiate season.

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