In most instances, agent Rich Paul and others have pointed out, top picks are sent to bad teams where they can figure out who they are and how their career is going to play out. Having missed his first year out of LSU due to injury, Simmons joined Embiid to form a partnership capable of winning 50 games right away, and the Sixers have been considered contenders at various points during the last three seasons, increasing scrutiny on his development.
Keep in mind: Many people want to frame Simmons’ exit from Philadelphia.
On the other hand: He’s 25.
Yes, Simmons starting his career on a winner was unusual for a No. 1 pick.