When the Philadelphia 76ers used the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NBA draft on Ben Simmons, one of the immediate questions was how exactly the team would deploy him. Fortunately, head coach Brett Brown seemingly put that question to bed, as Matt Lombardo of NJ reported that the plan is to play Simmons at point guard.
“I do concede the thing that we missed with him not playing after the all-star break is I have this vision that I want to pursue with him as a point guard,” Brown said. “Nobody can promise that I’m right. I don’t know, either. But I think from what I have studied from his childhood, high school and at LSU, I feel confident that we should try this and look at it. We would know a lot more if he had played.”
But as you can tell, even Brown isn’t sure what exactly to expect from Simmons as a point guard, as he’s listed at 6-foot-10 and played forward at LSU. Tack on the decision by the 76ers to trade up and draft Markelle Fultz with the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NBA draft and the plot thickens even more.