Sixers news: Ben Simmons claims Tuesday is Philadelphia's best first practice in his time there
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Ben Simmons claims Tuesday is Sixers’ best first practice in his time there

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Philadelphia 76ers All-Star Ben Simmons says the Sixers’ practice on Tuesday was the best first practice they’ve had during his time in Philly.

Simmons says everyone had a businesslike approach.

The Sixers are expected to compete for an NBA championship this season. Their starting lineup of Simmons, Josh Richardson, Tobias Harris, Al Horford and Joel Embiid is as good as any starting five in the NBA.

As is the case every season, the Sixers will go as far as Simmons and Embiid can take them.

Last season, Simmons averaged 16.9 points, 8.8 rebounds and 7.7 assists while shooting 56.3 percent from the field. He recorded 42 double-doubles and 10 triple-doubles.

Embiid, meanwhile, put up 27.5 points, 13.6 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.9 blocks while shooting 48.4 percent from the floor, 30.0 percent from beyond the arc and 80.4 percent from the free-throw line. He registered 58 double-doubles and two triple-doubles.

As we all know, Simmons has yet to make a 3-pointer in his NBA career. For the Sixers to win it all this season, Simmons will have to have some resemblance of a perimeter game, especially once the playoffs start.

Simmons, the 2018 Rookie of the Year, signed a five-year, $170 million maximum rookie contract extension with Philly this summer. He told the Associated Press a few weeks ago he fell in love with the game again this offseason, a great sign for the Sixers.