Archive for September 21st, 2017

The 76ers have several players who on paper would appear to be ideal starting point guards for the squad this season. But, see, the way it works is, one starting guard plays PG. The other starting guard is more off the ball, and plays shooting guard. It’ll be interesting to see how the Sixers’ backcourt rotation develops, but as for now things look right now as training camp approaches, here’s CSN Philly:

Sixers coach Brett Brown reiterated Wednesday that he plans to use Ben Simmons as his point guard this season, while adding that Markelle Fultz will not be excluded from “decision-making and point guard-type of responsibilities” on occasion.

Brown also didn’t rule out using the 6-10 Simmons as a small-ball center.

Simmons and Fultz have been the top picks in each of the last two drafts, but Simmons missed last season while his broken right foot healed.

Simmons, who played a single season at LSU, is “an elite passer,” in Brown’s estimation, as well as a guy who has “jaw-dropping” speed.

Brown has also found that the 6-4 Fultz, selected after the Sixers engineered a trade with Boston for the most recent No. 1 choice, is very coachable. And his skill set is as advertised.

The first thing we tend to learn as NBA training camps open up is seeing which players look visibly thinner, heavier, fitter, etc. And if the numbers below are accurate, Michael Beasley should look his thinnest in a very long tie. Here’s the NY Post reporting on the new Knicks forward:

Micheal Beasley says he has dropped a lot of weight

While Beasley complimented Joakim Noah for showing up at workouts “cut up with 25 abs,’’ their new small forward is proud of the offseason weight he lost on a vegan-oriented diet. Beasley cut out sugar and chicken fillet sandwiches and limited cheesesteaks to twice a month. Beasley said he’s dropped from the 235-240 range to 215.

“I’m the only guy you ever met 10 years removed from college that’s 20 pounds lighter,’’ Beasley said. “I got a lot more energy, my body fat is zero, so I feel great. Hopefully I get faster, jump higher and my wind is better. We’ll see.”

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