However, could there be one elite defensive pairing out on the perimeter for Philadelphia? In the form of Simmons and Josh Richardson? The man they call J-Rich seems to think so as the two of them have a defensive rating of 106.1 which is good for the 86th percentile per Cleaning the Glass.
“I’m reminded of just how good of a defensive player he is when I now see him repetitively and basketball season, so to speak, has started back up again,” Brown said.
“It’s been pretty good from a sense, over most of that time, I was still working out,” he explained. “I think a lot of guys were still working out so I think a lot of it is just getting our chemistry back, I think that’s a big thing.”
The Sixers will need Richardson and Simmons to continue their work on the defensive end as the season gets set to resume.