By Peter Gleason
Don’t be surprised if the Sixers open the 2016-17 season this fall with Ben Simmons at point guard.
That’s right, the 6-10, 240-pounder from LSU who is the consensus pick for No. 1 in Thursday night’s draft.
The Sixers need guards in the worst way and are already loaded with bigs. However, Simmons isn’t your ordinary big guy. He’s a point guard in the body of a power forward.
The more the Sixers have broken down the tape, the more they think he might actually be the answer to their point guard woes. His court vision and ball-handling abilities for his size are uncanny and will create huge mismatches on both ends of the floor.
It might be a rocky transition for Simmons — as it is for most rookie point guards — but if the Sixers play to his strengths, he has a real shot at being a superstar someday.
Simmons is the best overall prospect. He stands out above every other player in every area except one: shooting. He is the best rebounder, playmaking forward and passer — and he is capable of defending multiple positions. He was not focused on defending at the highest level at LSU, but I have seen him do it. He is capable.
His shot is not broken, but he is not confident in it at all. He rarely took a jump shot during his freshman season and still put up historic numbers. Simmons is not quite a sure thing, but he does so many things well that he would be my selection at No. 1.