Friday, June 24, 2016

Big Ben the new face of Sixers

Ben there, but will he be able to do that?

The Sixers surprised no one last night when they wasted little time in making LSU stud Ben Simmons the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft. What happened next did raise a few eyebrows, however.

What happened next was - nothing.

The Sixers, sitting with two more late 1st round picks at No. 24 and No. 26, could not move back up into the Top 10 to get another player they wanted.

There was rumbling all day about a deal with the Celtics, with both late first-round picks, Nerlens Noel and Robert Covington all going to Boston for the No. 3 pick in the draft, but it never happened.

Were the Celtics asking for too much? Did the Sixers want to do the deal? Or did they pull out at the last moment.

Here's one theory. The Sixers were reluctant to part with Noel because the truth of the matter is no one knows if center Joelle Embiid, who has yet to play a single minute for this franchise, is full recovered from his foot woes.

But at least for now, the much talked about "Process" is over for the Sixers.

There is a new face on the franchise. His name is Ben Simmons.

Check out how Terry Toohey saw the action last night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

And columnist Jack McCaffery notes the Sixers still have a problem. As usual, Jack gets right to the "point."

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