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Last Night, In Basketball: A Halftime Adjustment Helped Ben Simmons Shred The Pacers

Getty Image Ben Simmons can’t shoot. You know this. I know this. Ben Simmons knows this. Every opponent that plays against the 76ers knows this and tries to figure out how to make Philly pay for it. Some of them can do it, and when they do, things look really, really ugly for the Sixers’ […]

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Joel Embiid Was Not Happy After Ben Simmons Collided With Him While Securing A Rebound

Getty Image Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons are two very large humans. It creates for an interesting dynamic with their unique skill sets, because while both dudes are physical and hard to guard, Embiid is a remarkably skilled center while Simmons has the skill set and court vision of a point guard in a 6’10 […]

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The Sixers ‘Big Three’ Has Fixable But Prominent Structural Flaws

Getty Image The Jimmy Butler trade has been a smashing success for the Philadelphia 76ers. After scuffling a bit out of the gates, the Sixers have a 113.7 offensive rating following the acquisition of Butler — up 5.6 points per 100 possessions from their pre-trade mark. The star trio of Butler, Ben Simmons and Joel […]

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Ben Simmons On The 2018 Rookie Of The Year Voting: ‘It Wasn’t A F*cking Race’

Getty Image Ben Simmons and Donovan Mitchell squared off on Thursday night in Utah, and by the time the final horn sounded, Simmons and the Philadelphia 76ers picked up a convincing 114-97 win over the Jazz. Of course, since Simmons and Mitchell played against one another, it gave basketball fans — ourselves included — the […]

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Ben Simmons And Donovan Mitchell Set The Bar For Rookie Of The Year Races

Getty Image The Rookie of The Year Award doesn’t matter. As Deandre Ayton and Luka Doncic establish themselves as clear frontrunners this season, we also have to acknowledge that the award means nothing in the grand scheme of their careers. It doesn’t give them an immediate pay raise on their contracts, nor is the award […]

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The Sixers’ Mysterious ‘Headband Brothers’ Have A Strict Set Of Rules

Getty Image It’s safe to say that Jimmy Butler is ingratiating himself with the Philadelphia 76ers more effectively than he did in Minnesota. Sometimes, it’s almost as if he’s going out of his way to drive that point home. They’ve gone 8-2 in their first 10 games since Butler got to town, and they look […]

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Ben Simmons Blames Thanksgiving Food For The Sixers Looking Sluggish In A Loss To The Cavs

Getty Image It’s Black Friday, and that means half the country spent the day in the throes of mass consumerism, either online or in the public sphere. The other half of us spent the day on the couch, doing a different type of consuming, i.e. that of the Thanksgiving leftovers variety. Still others had to […]

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Ben Simmons Is Excited To Play With Jimmy Butler Because ‘He Just Wants To Win’

Getty Image Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid will take the floor alongside a third superstar in the coming days, as the Philadelphia 76ers acquired disgruntled Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler on Saturday. While the deal needs to be made official early next week, Philadelphia went out and swung for the fences. It’s a bold move, […]

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Brett Brown Says The Ben Simmons And Markelle Fultz Tandem Needs Better ‘Shooting And Spacing’

Getty Image There have been a few reasons for optimism about how things are going with Markelle Fultz in Philadelphia. However, there are still major concerns about his ability to shoot the basketball. This is something that can be hidden, but there’s a problem: One of the Sixers’ biggest stars, Ben Simmons, also isn’t much […]

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Brett Brown Admits The Sixers Aren’t ‘Amongst The Royalty’ Of The East

Getty Image When LeBron announced his move to Los Angeles this summer, the rest of the East quietly rejoiced. The Cavs have had a stranglehold on the conference crown since he returned to Cleveland in 2014, making four consecutive trips to the Finals and delaying the progress of the East’s upstarts in the process. Yet […]

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Even Brett Brown Wants To See Ben Simmons Shoot More Jumpers

Getty Image Ben Simmons is, by just about any way of measuring, an outstanding basketball player. However, he’s still not much of a shooter. At 6’11 with prodigious ball-handling, court vision, basketball IQ, and passing ability, Simmons doesn’t particularly need to rise and fire, but it’s terrifying to think of what he could be if […]

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Ben Simmons Reportedly Plans On Returning Against The Bucks After Dealing With Back Tightness

Getty Image The Philadelphia 76ers have played most of the last two games without reigning Rookie of the Year Ben Simmons, who left their game against the Orlando Magic with back tightness and sat out with the injury during their overtime loss to the Detroit Pistons. Backs can be tricky things, but in a piece […]

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The Celtics Opened The NBA Season With A Breezy Win Over The 76ers

Getty Image With their full complement of high-end players available, the Boston Celtics are a trendy pick to represent the Eastern Conference in the 2019 NBA Finals. Though Brad Stevens’ team did not put together a flawless performance in the regular season opener, the Celtics did nothing to dissuade viewers from the belief that they […]

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2018-19 Philadelphia 76ers Preview: The Process Almost Pays Off

Getty Image 2017-18 Record: 52-30 (third in East) Players Added: Wilson Chandler (trade), Mike Muscala (trade), Zhaire Smith (draft), Landry Shamet (draft), Shake Milton (draft) Players Lost: Justin Anderson (trade), Marco Belinelli (free agent), Richaun Holmes (trade), Ersan Ilyasova (free agent), Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (trade) Projected Team MVP: Joel Embiid Coming into last season, the big […]

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Markelle Fultz Looked More Fluid Than Ever In His Preseason Debut For The Sixers

Getty Image After several grueling years of Process-Related Trust Falls, the Philadelphia 76ers have finally climbed their way out of the cellar. Health has been a major catalyst for that success. Joel Embiid, whose first three seasons were ravaged by injuries, appeared in 63 games last year and immediately established himself as the one of […]

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A Report Indicates The Timberwolves Wanted Ben Simmons In A Potential Jimmy Butler Trade With The Sixers

Getty Image The Minnesota Timberwolves reportedly have a remarkably high asking price in a trade for Jimmy Butler. Some believe it’s because Tom Thibodeau doesn’t actually want to deal the All-Star guard and is purposely being unreasonable in negotiations, even if no one would blame Minnesota if they want to get something substantial back in […]

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LeBron James Has Sold A Sitcom Script About Ben Simmons’ Life To NBC

Getty Image In the lead up to LeBron James‘ free agency decision this summer, there was rampant speculation about why he might choose one location over another. Purely from a basketball standpoint, there really wasn’t an obvious choice that would’ve cleared a traversable path to a championship anytime soon. Philadelphia emerged as an interesting thought-experiment, […]

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