Philadelphia 76ers News, Analysis: Can Ben ‘Superman’ Simmons Turn the Tide of the Sixers?

By Jeff Villanueva, Posted: 09/21/16 05:00AM EDT
Philadelphia 76ers players Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid
Philadelphia 76ers players Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid wave to the crowd during the game between the Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on September 11, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles defeated the Browns 29-10.(Photo : Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

Can Ben 'Superman' Simmons turn the tide for the Philadelphia 76ers? This is the single, burning question Sixers fans wants to be answered soon after the team drafted him back in June.

Sometimes it's actually good to have a little pessimism deep within so as not to feel hurt so badly, especially if you're a big Sixers fan. But then, it doesn't also hurt if you put a bunch of optimism and trust as some basketball analysts do.

As what many believe, the 6-foot-10 young lad from The Land Down Under is comparable to that of LeBron James and Kevin Durant. He has the size of a power forward, the quickness and passing ability of a point guard, the scoring prowess of a shooting guard, and the aggressiveness of a small forward.

Of course, Simmons has yet to prove himself worthy of such words and test his skills inside the big league. And who can better tell his worthiness than Sixers head coach Brett Brown who happens to start his coaching career in Simmons' birthplace, Australia.

Simmons to Undergo Getting to Know Stage

Coach Brown is not a fan of acrobatic stunts going strong to the rim. A long time coaching staff for the San Antonio Spurs, Brown handles player development and believes each and every player should be ready whenever the need arise. And this early, he already has big plans for the 19-year-old rookie from Melbourne.

"He's gonna be a four man, he's gonna be a trailing four. He's gonna have the ball so much. Rebounding and leading in the breaks. There will be times in the game where he's gonna have the ball more as a traditional one. As the years unfold, we're going to judge it better. I completely feel that the strength of Ben Simmons is gonna be born out of simplicity," Coach Brown told Anthony Gargano on The Morning Show (97.5 The Fanatic).

Brown knows they've got a good player in Simmons. But as cautious as he is, he does not want to force Simmons to carry the weight of scoring all by himself especially since Jahlil Okafor and Joel Embiid might not be able to play at the start of the season.

Dario Saric is in the Building

And speaking of scoring, Brown wants Sixers fans to know that Simmons will be joined by Euroleague veteran Dario Saric. And the man is all praise of this 22-year-old power forward just like Simmons. Will the two have an uncharacteristic frontcourt tandem when the 2016-16 NBA opens? We'll find out soon.



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