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Will Ben Simmons play summer league? Brett Brown thinks it 'would be good'

Will Ben Simmons play summer league? Brett Brown thinks it 'would be good'

With one game left in the regular season, it's already time to start thinking about summer league. For the Sixers, the biggest question about the competition in July is, will Ben Simmons play?

"I think it would be good if he did, but I wouldn't say it's a prerequisite he has to play," Brett Brown said. "I think still his health and the judgement of his health rules the day."

Simmons was sidelined for his entire rookie season with a Jones fracture in his right foot. He has not been cleared for full contact five-on-five practice with the Sixers.

Given the fact he has been limited in closely monitored activity with his teammates, it would not be unusual for the team to hold him out of summer league play. Simmons did not participate in every game last summer when he was healthy, let alone coming back from a lengthy injury.

The Sixers would have liked to get a more comprehensive look at how Simmons will fit into their system, a forecast unafforded to them this season.

"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 truly his childhood, and high school and LSU, I feel confident that we should try this and look at it. We would know a lot more in that regard had he had played and we could know a lot more in a summer league. But we don't."

Evaluating Simmons' role must come in two parts. First, can he play point guard? Second, what kind of backcourt pairing will the Sixers need to complement him? Last offseason, the Sixers signed point guard Jerryd Bayless to a three-year deal with the vision he could play the combo guard role with Simmons.

"It's somebody that can guard the other point guard, it's somebody that can make a three, it’s somebody that can bring the ball up the floor from time to time or run a second side pick and roll," Brown said. "I think that Jerryd does, to (president of basketball operations) Bryan Colangelo’s credit, fit the qualities that we’re going to need in that position next to Ben Simmons."

Brown is thinking far beyond summer league when it comes to Simmons. He envisions a starting core with the players on the roster, even if they are currently unavailable to be on the court.

"I think if you go Ben Simmons at a one, that type of player at a two, (Robert) Covington at a three, (Dario) Saric at a four and (Joel) Embiid at a five, when you start draping over the tenants of how we want to play, can that team play defense, you bet? Can they run, yes they can," Brown said.

How will all of that pan out with Simmons playing point? The Sixers may not be able to see until training camp.

Sixers Talk Podcast: Tom Haberstroh joins the pod to talk NBA free agency, draft

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Sixers Talk Podcast: Tom Haberstroh joins the pod to talk NBA free agency, draft

On this episode of Sixers Talk, Danny Pommells and Paul Hudrick are joined by NBC Sports national NBA insider Tom Haberstroh to talk about NBA free agency and the draft.

Tom talks about the Anthony Davis trade, the dysfunctional Rockets and weighs in on the #RunItBack discussion.

Do you trust Elton Brand and the Sixers to get the draft right? Danny is worried about the Sixers' recent track record while Paul is ready to stand on a table for one prospect.

Come for Danny's Kobe Bryant story and stay for the draft chatter.

2019 NBA Draft: Order of pick selection for Thursday night

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2019 NBA Draft: Order of pick selection for Thursday night

The 2019 NBA draft is upon and the Sixers currently hold five picks — one in the first round and four in the second. GM Elton Brand talked to the media Tuesday about the optionality that comes with having five picks and a few of the things the Sixers may be looking for in a prospect.

The top three picks in the draft seem pretty set, but with the Anthony Davis trade forcing the Lakers to send pick No. 4 to the Pelicans, things could get interesting. Who do David Griffin and company like? Will they move the pick for more picks or for a veteran player?

Here is the full draft order:

1. New Orleans 
2. Memphis
3. New York         
4. New Orleans (from Lakers)
5. Cleveland
6. Phoenix           
7. Chicago
8. Atlanta 
9. Washington
10. Atlanta (from Dallas)
11. Minnesota
12. Charlotte         
13. Miami 
14. Boston (from Sacramento via Sixers)
15. Detroit 
16. Orlando           
17. Atlanta (from Brooklyn)          
18. Indiana            
19. San Antonio     
20. Boston (from Clippers via Memphis)
21. Oklahoma City
22. Boston
23. Memphis (from Utah)
24. Sixers
25. Portland
26. Cleveland (from Houston)
27. Brooklyn (from Denver)
28. Golden State 
29. San Antonio (from Toronto)
30. Milwaukee

Second round

31. Brooklyn (from New York via Sixers)
32. Phoenix 
33. Sixers (from Cleveland via Orlando and New York)
34. Sixers (from Chicago via Los Angeles Lakers)

35. Atlanta
36. Charlotte (from Washington via Orlando, Denver and Atlanta)
37. Dallas
38. Chicago (from Memphis)
39. New Orleans
40. Sacramento (from Minnesota via Portland and Cleveland)
41. Atlanta (from Los Angeles Lakers via Cleveland and Indiana)
42. Sixers (from Sacramento via Brooklyn and Milwaukee)
43. Minnesota (from Miami via Charlotte)
44. Atlanta (from Charlotte)
45. Detroit
46. Orlando (from Brooklyn via Memphis and Charlotte)
47. Sacramento (from Orlando via New York)
48. LA Clippers 
49. San Antonio
50. Indiana
51. Boston
52. Charlotte (from Oklahoma City)
53. Utah
54. Sixers
55. New York (from Houston)
56. LA Clippers (from Portland via Detroit and Orlando)
57. New Orleans (from Denver via Milwaukee)
58. Golden State
59. Toronto
60. Sacramento (from Milwaukee)

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