Ben Simmons on playing with Markelle Fultz: 'I'm a starting point guard'
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Ben Simmons on playing with Markelle Fultz: ‘I’m a starting point guard’

Ben Simmons

The Philadelphia 76ers prior to the 2017 NBA Draft moved up to the first overall pick to eventually select former Washington point guard Markelle Fultz.

This immediately brought into question what exactly were the 76ers’ long-term plans for Ben Simmons as it was previously reported that the team was going to play the former 2016 first overall selection at point guard once he able to take the court.

Despite all this chatter surrounding Simmons, he recently told Keith Pompey of The Inquirer that he still plans on being the team’s starting point guard.

“For me, I think you can move me anywhere,” Simmons said. “But I’m a starting point guard.”

Keep in mind, the 20-year-old had missed his entire rookie campaign due to a Jones fracture in his right foot. However, this hasn’t derailed his confidence that he can handle the duties of playing point guard despite previously playing solely at forward.

Philadelphia holds the strong belief that his unique passing ability would be best utilized at the position where he would be orchestrating the offense. It would also allow Fultz to come in and focus on being a scorer first, which he had much success doing in his lone season at Washington last year.

Ultimately, it appears that Simmons will indeed have an opportunity to begin his NBA career as a starting point guard.