Ben Simmons (right foot) playing 5-on-5 for 76ers

  • Ben Simmons (right foot) playing 5-on-5 for 76ers

Ben Simmons (right foot) playing 5-on-5 for 76ers

But Philadelphia is flush with potential, and if Simmons thrives as the team's de facto point guard and Fultz adjusts to playing off the ball, a squad that won all of 75 games over the past four seasons could make a major leap forward in 2017-18.

"Coach (Brett Brown) wants to start me at the point", Simmons told ESPN .

"I'm ok, thank you for all who were anxious!"

When the Philadelphia 76ers used the No. 1 pick in the 2016 National Basketball Association draft on Ben Simmons, one of the immediate questions was how exactly the team would deploy him.

The 76ers pulled off a trade with Boston before the draft to move up from No. 3 to No. 1 to take Fultz, the dynamic scoring point guard that team president Bryan Colangelo felt was the ideal piece to put with Simmons and Embiid. But I think from what I have studied from his childhood, high school and at LSU, I feel confident that we should try this and look at it.

Sixers' former No. 1 draft pick Ben Simmons: 'I'm a starting point guard'

Simmons says he's excited to play alongside Fultz, and thinks it will be "easy" to share the ball-handling duties.

Fultz averaged 23.2 points per game for the Huskies, best in the nation among freshmen, along with 5.9 assists and 5.7 rebounds. Meanwhile it was announced before summer league started that Simmons would not participate as he continues his recovery from a foot fracture that forced him to miss the entire 2016-17 season. Simmons is an unconventional one at 6-foot-10.

"I have no problem sharing the ball".

However, the team must find a way to incorporate free-agent acquisition J.J. Redick in the backcourt.