SIXERS’ BIG BEN SIMMONS COMES THISCLOSE TO TRIPLE DOUBLE!

By Lewis Gould

The Sixers and Lakers played a summer league game before a raucous Las Vegas crowd last night, and Philly phenom Ben Simmons wowed.

Simmons came within two assists of a triple-double and threw a series of incredible passes. He threaded the ball between defenders for a T. J. McConnell layup and then started a sequence that saw McConnell feed a teammate for a 3.

Yet much as he did in Utah, Simmons struggled to finish around the basket — particularly when going left, since he’s a right-handed finisher despite shooting jumpers left-handed. And his tendency to look for the highlight play resulted in seven turnovers. Overall, though, Simmons added much more than he subtracted.

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