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Ben Simmons getting buckets, dropping dimes at UCLA run

Philadelphia 76ers v Boston Celtics - Game One

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 30: Ben Simmons #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers dribbles against the Boston Celtics during the first quarter of Game One of Round Two of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden on April 30, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

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The UCLA run — put on by Rico Hines — is the hottest thing going in the basketball world right now. As it is every summer. Everyone comes out.

I mean EVERYONE. Like rumor-starting everyone.

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That includes the Sixers Ben Simmons, the reigning Rookie of the Year, who can still get to the rim and still throw the smart pass like few others. Hat tip Home Team Hoops and Rico Hines.

He looks ready.

If the Sixers are going to truly challenge Boston this season (and, maybe, Toronto) they need Simmons to take a step forward with his game — specifically, become more of a threat with his jumper, he knocked down a couple in that video — plus have Markelle Fultz step up, Joel Embiid find a new level, and the role players to do their jobs efficiently.

Simmons looks sharp, but we’ll see how he looks against non-pickup defenses in a couple of months.