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Brett Brown: Ben Simmons will be 76ers’ point guard when he returns

2016 NBA Draft

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 23: Ben Simmons is interviewed after being drafted first overall by the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round of the 2016 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center on June 23, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

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The 76ers are waiting for their point guard to get healthy.

No, not Jerryd Bayless.

Ben Simmons.

Jessica Camerato of CSN Philly:

When Simmons is cleared, Brown has a vision of how to utilize the 6-foot-10 point-forward.

“My intention is to give him the ball and let him be the point guard,” Brown said. “That’s the plan. That doesn’t just happen. It takes a little bit of time to introduce him.”

76ers coach Brett Brown has previously mentioned using Simmons at point guard, but this sounds like that will be Simmons’ primary position.

This would help alleviate a frontcourt logjam so dense, not even trading a player – probably Nerlens Noel – would solve it. But it also comes with complications.

The No. 1 pick has tremendous ball-handling and passing skills, but his 6-foot-10 frame could make guarding opposing point guards difficult. It will take a well-crafted lineup around Simmons to make this work. So far, Philadelphia’s roster-building plan has been based on asset-accumulation.

There’s time to experiment, for the 76ers to learn what type of players would best complement Simmons as point guard. Whenever Simmons returns, that process can continue.