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76ers’ Ben Simmons ready to be ‘facilitator’ again under new coach Doc Rivers


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Simmons and the 76ers struggled for consistency, especially inside the Orlando bubble at Walt Disney World Resort, where the 2016 No. 1 draft pick went from point guard to power forward.

But with Rivers now calling the shots courtside, Simmons is poised for a return to his old position in Philadelphia, where the 76ers are eyeing their first championship since 1983.

“Yeah, if you want to put me in that position,” Simmons said Monday when asked if he would be back at point guard this season.

Much has been said about franchise pillars Embiid and Simmons and their compatibility as the 76ers prepare for the opening game of the season against the Wizards on Dec. 23.

When Embiid and Simmons play, the 76ers boast a 119-65 win-loss record, per Stats Perform.

The 76ers average 111.7 points, 107.5 opposition points, 47.4 rebounds and 26.4 assists per game with Embiid and Simmons involved, a clear improvement compared to when one or both miss a game – 106.7 points, 109.4 opposition points, 44.5 rebounds and 25.0 assists.

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