Ben Simmons Impresses On NBA Debut

Annette Crawford
October 19, 2017

Ben Simmons was outstanding in his debut last night in the 120-115 loss to the Washington Wizards.

When asked how the positionless players of the Sixers affect Washington's strategy to match up in tonight's season opener at Capital One Arena, Porter didn't seem fazed.

Philadelphia went 28-54 a year ago, while Washington finished 49-33 and were elimination from the playoffs in the Eastern Conference Semifinals by the Celtics in a 7-game series.

Simmons was handed a starting spot at point guard by Philadelphia coach Brett Brown, pitting him against Washington's elite tandem of John Wall and Bradley Beal.

The Washington Wizards are coming off a 49-win season and have goals of pushing for an Eastern Conference title. Hill scored 25 points, but had three turnovers and played three more minutes than Simmons.

Forward Robert Covington led the 76ers with 29 points, centre Joel Embiid - sidelined for most of the past three seasons - showed his potential with 18 points and 13 rebounds and rookie guard Markelle Fultz had 10 points. Also, the 76ers were this feisty team that played hard previous year and covered a lot of numbers on the road. If the Wizards truly are to ascend that high in the Eastern Conference, ending the reign of LeBron James and the Cavaliers in the process, a lot has to change.

While the Wizards are the better team and were a money machine last season at home both ATS and SU, I still have questions about their bench.

Simmons played 35 minutes and seemed to effortlessly commandeer an offense that shot 46 percent from the floor and 43 from behind the arc.

"It felt like I was playing 2K honestly", Simmons said. Really, there were times he could have finished even more.

The Wizards' defensive rating last season, 106.9 points allowed per 100 possessions, was the 10th worst in the National Basketball Association, with opponents scoring the fifth-most points off second-chance opportunities (13.8 points per game). As a precautionary measure, the Sixers kept Simmons out for the entire season since they view the versatile point-forward as their next franchise star.

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