76ers coach Brett Brown thrilled with Ben Simmons at power forward in early practices

Philadelphia 76ers mentor Brett Brown stated Monday he has been participating in All-Star Ben Simmons “solely” at electricity ahead in tactics within the NBA bubble at Walt Disney Globe Vacation resort and has been thrilled by what he is noticed.

“He’s so dynamic,” Brown claimed on a conference contact with reporters. “Let’s just converse about functioning. You can find no person more rapidly in the NBA. So to usually have the ball and dribble it up against 5 fellas … to do that dilutes some of his powerful weapons.

“So, looking at him fly up the floor, observing him and Joel [Embiid] participate in off every other, has been a truly good appear. I believe they’ve been superb with each other.”

The query of how to suit Simmons and Embiid together has been a constant 1 around the previous 3 seasons, a single that has been exacerbated this calendar year by the addition of a different All-Star big male: Al Horford. The suit in between Horford and Embiid has been clunky at greatest … and frequently substantially even worse than that.

But by taking part in Simmons at ability ahead, Horford — who was benched in February prior to Simmons damage his back again, permitting Horford to return to the starting up lineup — will have to come off the bench all over again. It seems he would be replaced in the starting off 5 by guard Shake Milton.

Milton was a revelation just after injuries gave him an chance for participating in time in mid-January. Milton — who was drafted in 2019 and used past season on a two-way with Philadelphia before signing a multiyear offer in the offseason — turned a fixture in Philadelphia’s rotation. He averaged 9.5 factors and shot 45 p.c from 3-level vary in 32 video games (16 commences) this period. He scored in double figures in the final 7 video games Philadelphia played prior to the year shut down, including a job-higher 39 factors in a decline in Los Angeles to the Clippers.

Embiid claimed Milton has been spectacular starting up there in observe.

“He is been wonderful,” Embiid said. “He is been the starting off level guard, and I believe he has a large option to aid us carry out what we consider we can. He is been executing an wonderful task and he’s functioning the team and we are heading to require him to knock down photographs, which he did, before the league bought shut down. He was on a roll so we’re heading to need to have him to maintain it going. But it can be great.”

Brown has stated that his choice on the starting lineup is an evolving course of action — one thing he reiterated Monday. But he also spoke about Simmons playing off the ball, stating that the choice to enjoy him at point guard was manufactured due to the fact there was no a single far better to enjoy it, and that Simmons has handled the condition particularly how Brown had hoped.

“You get somebody and say, ‘Here’s the ball.’ It truly is not like Ben arrived in and we had Chris Paul on the team or Damian Lillard on the crew,” Brown mentioned. “We were young, and actually not that great, so it was my conclusion, ‘You consider the ball. We are going to make you the position guard.’ It is really not like there was an recognized stage guard that he experienced to bump out.

“[And] how has he responded to that? Like a star. Just a mature, ‘Whatever it truly is going to acquire to get this crew to be the ideal it can be with the pieces that we have that can be, I will not know, just created into a sleek thing’ … that is a single of the items he has to offer.

“He is been fantastic accepting that, and really killing it in the natural environment that I just claimed.”

At 6-foot-10 with athleticism and ballhandling techniques, Simmons has the ability to guard and perform nearly every position on the court docket. And although his deficiency of a soar shot from the perimeter has been the topic of discussion considering the fact that he was a rookie, enjoying him off the ball allows him to slip into a distinctive role in the offense.

Especially, it enables him to assault the basket on decide-and-rolls as the display screen setter, rather than the ball handler, to consider gain of his measurement and quickness.

“I really feel like I have a quite high IQ on the courtroom and see matters a great deal differently and can move the ball quite nicely, so that’s a menace,” Simmons claimed recently. “But I love enjoying in that select-and-roll scenario, or select and pop, regardless of what it is. it just provides us so numerous diverse solutions and is rough to guard.”

The match amongst Horford and Embiid has hardly ever gotten off the ground. The Sixers have been outscored by 1.3 points per 100 possessions when the two significant men have been on the courtroom with each other. But when Horford was on the court with no Embiid, Philadelphia was 5.2 details for every 100 belongings much better than their opponents when Embiid was out there without having Horford, the Sixers were being 8.9 points per 100 possessions superior than the opposition.

When the subject has been broached, Embiid has tried to downplay it. He did so once again lately, by pointing to the lack of capturing close to them as the culprit.

“I really don’t see any difficulties,” he mentioned. “Person, I’m very good. Basketball is a activity. You have to have to figure out if a thing is going on, and I really don’t imagine it is a issue. I consider it really is just a make a difference of everybody shopping for in and being capable to enjoy their job. I necessarily mean, the pairing with Al I feel like has been good. At occasions it could be greater, but then yet again, most people on the court docket has a task, and with that type of pairing you have to have shooters around.

“You want to have individuals or guys being, like, wanting to acquire that shot, in particular when you acquired two within existence like me and Al. He can write-up up, I can article up, and then all around you’ve got bought to be in a position to have fellas that are prepared to shoot and that are heading to shoot the ball. I think that’s what requires to occur but I do not imagine which is a problem. I consider we are fantastic, and I like him. Terrific dude. So we just acquired to retain on doing the job alongside one another and you can find no time. And like I stated, we’re better suited for the playoffs. We have bought about eight video games to get back again into it and get suitable into it, so I’m energized.”

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