Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons is set to get back to playing his old position as the team's new head coach Doc Rivers won't be starting the Australian at the power forward position. Simmons, who was the 76ers' starting point guard for more than two seasons, was switched to the power forward position when the NBA season restarted in the Orlando bubble.
Simmons, the No. 1 overall pick of the 2016 NBA draft, admitted he feels more comfortable at the point guard position than at the power forward. "Yeah, if you want to put me in that position," Simmons said when asked if he would be back at point guard this season.
"But yeah, facilitator. Just a playmaker. Coach wants me to make plays. ... There's numerous ways to do that. There's scoring, getting to the rim, drawing defenders, there's setting picks, and just creating options.
"So just me having the ball and being able to create different varieties of options is going to be tough for teams to guard, whether it's me kicking it ahead and setting a pick and setting a back screen for [Joel Embiid], it's going to be tough for guys to guard, especially when we have guys running around knocking down 3s."
The 76ers could be a problem with Simmons at point guard
This offseason, the 76ers traded for elite shooters Danny Green and Seth Curry. All Star center Joel Embiid and forward Tobias Harris are still on the roster and capable of knocking down shots.
Simmons will be surrounded by shooters and the 76ers could have one of the best offenses this coming season. "The spacing is huge, but it also comes down to us knowing where to be and in the right spots and following our guidelines," Simmons said.
"Somebody is in a certain position and we know the other man needs to cut, that's just going to make it easier. We're just going to read and play off each other, and just continue to make the right plays."
76ers coach Rivers admitted he hopes that Simmons will be able to create plays and put his teammates in the best possible position to score. "Just being a terror," Rivers said. "Playing. Going downhill. Making guys guard you.
Being aggressive. Being a facilitator. In transition, we want to open the floor and get the ball to Ben. Tell him to go make something happen."