Thursday, June 23, 2016

Sixers Select Ben Simmons

The Sixers made it official on Thursday evening, as they selected Ben Simmons with the first overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.

Simmons is the third top overall pick in franchise history, following Doug Collins (1973) and Allen Iverson (1996). He immediately becomes the centerpiece of the restructuring Sixers, who have an incredibly bright future thanks largely to the groundwork of former GM Sam Hinkie.

“It honestly feels like all of the pressure just has hopped off of me,” Simmons said after his selection. “Now I know where I’m going to be, I know where I’m headed and know that I can really start working on what I need to work on for the team.”

Simmons will join a young core in Philadelphia that already includes Joel Embiid, Nerlens Noel, and Jahlil Okafor. As the focal point of a young Sixers squad looking to climb back to contention, Simmons has his work cut out for him.

“Everything,” he replied when asked what he needed to work on to prepare for play in Philadelphia. “From eating right to getting my body right for 82 games, to dribbling, to shooting, ball-handling. I think everything needs to be worked on.”

Despite the work ahead of him, Simmons is stoked to be a Sixer.

“I’m happy to be part of the [Sixers] family now. I’ve been looking forward to this day for a while. They’re great coaches and great people.”

After three straight seasons of struggle, the selection of Simmons signifies the beginning of a new era in Sixers basketball.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

76ers Report: 76ers Set to Select Simmons

In the final episode before the hyped 2016 NBA Draft, Jeff McMenamin and Michael Kaskey-Blomain discuss Ben Simmons as the top overall selection for the Sixers, as well as Joel Embiid's progress, and many more topics relating to the Draft.

Listen to the new episode below, via blogtalkradio:

Catch up on past episodes of the 76ers Report here.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Sixers to Select Ben Simmons First Overall

It seems as though the speculation can finally be put to rest.

According to a report, the Sixers have officially informed Ben Simmons of their intention to select him with the first overall pick in the hyped 2016 NBA Draft.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Kevin Love Channels Stone Cold

Kevin Love had a trying season, so one can't blame him for enjoying a cold one, or two, after the Cavs clinched the 2016 NBA title on Sunday.

Kevin Love is an NBA Champion. And that's the bottom line..

Ben Simmons is Big and Intriguing

Reigning Rookie of the Year Karl Anthony-Towns is listed at 7 feet, 240 pounds. He is universally considered to be one of the best young big men in the NBA today due to his uncanny combination of size and athleticism. 

Now, take a look at the below photo from a recent Nike shoot: 

Image via Nike 

That is presumed top pick in the 2016 NBA Draft Ben Simmons, along with last year's lottery picks D'Angelo Russell, Towns, and Devin Booker. 

What resonates with me from the photo is the sheer size of Ben Simmons. Coming out of college, Simmons is listed at 6'10'' with a weight of 240 pounds. However, in the photo, he appears to be every bit as big, if not bigger, 

So basically, Simmons is the same size as the league's premier young post player with the skill-set of a guard. No wonder people are intrigued. Magic Johnson comes to mind, as does LeBron James, although Simmons is taller than both. If he is able to combine his size, skill-set, and athleticism in a similar manner to what those legend did; look out league. 

Simmons is not taking the potential opportunity lightly either, as he is said to have gained ~20 pounds of muscle since the college season ended. Physically, Simmons appears ready for NBA super-stardom. 

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Lack of Ben Simmons Workout for Sixers Not Especially Alarming

Though some media members are trying to make it out to be, Ben Simmons lack of a predraft workout with the Sixers is not especially alarming. 

If Simmons were working out with other teams and not Philadelphia, then there would be an issue, but that is not the case. Simmons won't work out for any team, likely at the behest of his agent, which could be considered an interesting decision, albeit not an alarming one. 

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Ben Simmons Says it Would be 'Awesome' to be Top Pick

The 2016 NBA Draft is rapidly approaching, and many expect Ben Simmons from LSU to be selected by the Sixers with the first pick in the draft.

When asked about potentially being drafted by the restructuring Sixers, Simmons expressed some excitement.

"For me, I just wanted to be the number one player selected," Simmons said while speaking on Australian radio show The Grill Team.

"It's a once in a lifetime opportunity to go first. If I go first, it's awesome."

Simmons doesn't sound like someone who is especially opposed to joining the Sixers situation. As of now, the potential top pick has no pre-draft workouts scheduled.

Listen to Simmons' interview with The Grill Team here.