Philadelphia 76ers rookie Ben Simmons is finally OK to start his career, and he is sounding especially excited about that very prospect.
“I’ve been playing pickup the last few days and it’s been really good,” he told reporters, via the Bucks County Courier Times. “I’m feeling great and I’m just ready to get out there.”
The Sixers open training camp Sept. 26, then the regular reason Oct. 18 at Washington.
Simmons is 6-foot-10 and was the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2016 — but missed the entire season with a broken foot. The Sixers also landed the No. 1 pick in 2017, point guard Markelle Fultz.
In spite of that, Sixers coach Brett Brown could use Simmons at point guard as well.
For now, though, it appears the Sixers are just happy to have Simmons joining the likes of center Joel Embiid (when healthy), big men Jahlil Okafor and Dario Saric, and shooting guard J.J. Redick, among others.
How would will this bunch be? It’s hard to tell right now — but the addition of a healthy Simmons could give us a pretty good gauge.