The biggest talk heading in to the resume of the Philadelphia 76ers season is former number 1 overall pick Ben Simmons moving from a traditional point guard role to that of power forward. This move will have a major effect on the team’s post season success moving forward, and proposes several positives for Simmons game as an individual.
Plays To His Strengths Defensively
Simmons is already a monster on the defensive end. His 6’10” frame will be even more of an asset down in the post and low block. Opposing offenses will have to think twice about driving inside, and will be forced to pick their poison between Simmons and Joel Embiid. A team that is already one of the longest in the league will have maximized that strength with this roster move. Look for Philly to continue to be one of the best defensive teams in basketball.
Even More Playmaking Possibilities
Being placed in the 4 spot makes Simmons even more dangerous in translation. It will allow the former LSU Tiger to to take advantage of his speed and court vision in a way we’ve haven’t seen before. Simmons being able to grab the rebound from the post and take off running opens up opportunities for shooter and wing players down on the other end to get easy baskets. You can look for players like Shake Milton and Josh Richardson to reap the benefits on a nightly basis.
Even More Efficient On Offense.
Finally, Simmons will be much better suited offensively from the four position. His unwillingness to shoot the mid range jumper will not be a factor in his new role. The power forward is often referred to as the “dunker’s spot.” And fits well with Simmons skill at attacking the basket. His previously mentioned speed should also help him find the lane quickly from that position. Simmons has the potential to be a match up nightmare for slower or smaller 4’s, something Coach Brett Brown will no doubt look to exploit.
So here’s to the new look Sixers. It’s sure to be an exciting run from here on out.