When the 76ers selected Ben Simmons with the No. 1 overall pick in last year’s NBA Draft, many pegged the LSU star as the savior of the franchise.
So far, that hasn’t exactly worked out because Simmons has yet to play a regular season game for Philadelphia due to injury, but there was some buzz that he could suit up for next Friday’s game against the Rockets. 76ers head coach Brett Brown quelled those rumors Wednesday.
Elite Youth Jake Muzzin Jersey Could Brown’s message just a smokescreen from a coach trying to protect his young star? Possibly, but it’s more likely that Simmons will indeed miss Friday’s game, and it was moved to prime time to showcase Joel Embiid against James Harden.
Once Simmons does come back, Philadelphia will have an impact 1-2 punch in Embiid and the exciting young rookie.
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Most encouraging, though, has been the way that Ingram has begun to break through, scoring in double digits in each of his past four games and shooting 50 percent or better from the field in five straight. Ingram is loaded with talent, and sometimes displays so much versatility that he doesn’t know on which area of his game he should focus.
But, the scout said, He is probably going to be the best of the three. When you look at his physical assets and what he is capable of just from a raw potential perspective, the sky is the limit. He has to be developed; that’s obvious. He looks to me like he is learning to assert himself more out on the floor. He’s got to figure out where he fits between Randle and Russell. But they’re so young, there will be plenty of time to make that smoother.