Can Ben Simmons'move to PF unlock 76ers?
Brett Brown told reporters on monday that he's been playing Simmons "exclusively" as a four man during practice in Orlando,
and the expectation is that Shake Milton will replace Simmons as the Sixers' starting point guard.
While capable, Simmons has long been miscast as a true lead guard.
He's tailor made to be a hyper-athletic Draymond Green,
a power forward with guard skills who can rebound, push and distribute before ceding to better-suited half-court initiators.
From there, Simmons becomes a screener, roller and cutter.
Spacing and half-court offense, which go hand in hand, are Philly's main problems,
and if Milton continues to shoot and create the way he did while Simmons was out with a back injury,
shooting 46 percent from 3 and 70 percent at the rim in 29 games, it 'll be easier for Philly.
There are still issues with the coexistence of Simmons and Joel Embiid, who both need to live in the paint to be optimized,
but it's a more manageable situation with Simmons getting creatively lower on the floor than it is having him run point as a complete non-shooting threat.
It's not perfect, but in theory this is the most optimized version of the Sixers,
who perhaps don't need to be perfect given their considerable talent to compete for an Eastern Conference title.