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Sixers' Ben Simmons says he's a playmaker at any position

Keith Pompey, The Philadelphia Inquirer on

Published in Basketball

Ben Simmons was asked Tuesday how much he expects things to change.

Does the 76ers All-Star still expect to have the ball in his hands as a point forward after being moved from point guard?

"It's basketball," he joked. "You've got to get the ball."

That's true, but Sixers coach Brett Brown said Monday that Shake Milton was the starting point guard during the team's training camp practices at Walt Disney World in preparation for the NBA's 22-team restart there. Brown also said Simmons played exclusively at power forward, but he backtracked a bit on that before Tuesday's practice.

Brown said Simmons bought into the position switch. The 23-year-old was asked about that on Tuesday.

"I'm a basketball player," Simmons said. "At the end of the day, if you know me, you know if you put me on the floor, I'll make anything happen whether it's plays, buckets, stops. I'll guard anyone 1 through 5.

 

"I run the floor. I can get to the rim. I can score the ball and I make plays happen. So wherever you put me, if I'm 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, it's going to happen. I don't really look at it as a title, a position. That's mainly for you guys to put down in your articles."

As a point guard, the 6-foot-10 Simmons has become one of the league's transcendent players. He has 30 career triple-doubles, including the postseason. Six have come this season. The former Rookie of the Year is averaging 16.7 points, 7.8 rebounds, 8.2 assists, and a league-leading 2.1 steals this season. And he was named an NBA All-Star for the second straight year.

Simmons avoided answering whether it was his or Brown's decision to move him to power forward, saying the Sixers are working on different things.

"You've got to try different things out to see if they work," he said. "We are not at a stage where we can be comfortable yet. I'm still trying to figure it out myself ... what feels comfortable, what's right for this team, how are we going to win. If it's this way, I'm all for it.

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