Ben Simmons Continues To Ignore Sixers
Ben Simmons is likely to be drafted No. 1 overall by the Philadelphia 76ers on June 23 but the Australian prodigy isn’t exhibiting any excitement on that front.Advertisement
Over the last few weeks, Sixers have attended workouts featuring top prospects such as Brandon Ingram, Jamaal Murray, Buddy Hield, Thon Maker and Kris Dunn. However, there is still no news from Simmons, who was originally scheduled to workout with the Sixers and the Los Angeles Lakers this week.
Ben Simmons not granting workout/interview?
Of course, the Sixers could draft Simmons even without a workout session or interview, similar to how they selected Jahlil Okafor last year sans pre-draft workouts with the Duke center. However, it would be a strange occurrence for a No. 1 pick to go to a team without any prior communication.
On Monday, after six hopefuls worked out for the Sixers at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, the gathered media asked coach Brett Brown about their No. 1 draft pick. Funny enough, Brown referred to Simmons as “him” after mentioning the names of Ingram, Hield and Dunn.
Despite a flurry of reports that Simmons would prefer to represent the Purple & Gold, who own the No.2 pick in the draft, Brown and GM Bryan Colangelo insist that the versatile forward from Melbourne, Australia, would have no qualms about playing in Philadelphia.
Brown coached Simmons’ father during his time in Australia. And Brown reckoned his familiarity with the Simmons family can’t be ignored. “Think of just, and we’ve talked about, the unusual circumstance to end up where I have personally ended up with the history that I’ve had with the family and the coaches that have coached him,” Brown said of the LSU star.
Brett Brown not giving in…
Brown continued: “I know very, very closely the people that have worked with him across the board. That’s just one of the benefits of living in the country and 20 minutes from where he grew up, for 17 years. I get hit all over the place, just like I would with Brandon, just like I would with Kris Dunn or Buddy Hield. I’m not young anymore so I have friends all over the world who coach and have high opinions of different people and I listen to them. I enjoy the conversation. I like taking that stuff in.”
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, it’s almost a lock that Sixers would be drafting Simmons. “It wouldn’t be surprising now if in 23 days the Sixers select “him.” Then, as Brown likes to say, they’ll do what they can to “positionally balance” the team that is still lacking shooters and a point guard who will run the show for years to come.”
Ben Simmons is likely to work out with the Lakers later this week. Will he continue to snub the Sixers?