It was mixed results for No. 1 overall pick Ben Simmons in his NBA summer league debut with the Philadelphia 76ers. The former LSU Tiger scored 10 points (2-of-9 shooting), grabbed eight boards and dished out five assists, including this beautiful pass in transition.
Simmons leads the fast break, threads the pass for an easy bucket. https://t.co/F1F7tVWAEJ
— Comcast SportsNet (@CSNPhilly) July 4, 2016
But cramps were a constant issue for Simmons on Monday against the Boston Celtics.
The 19-year-old battled through cramps early on, but eventually had to leave the game after getting stuffed mercilessly by Jaylen Brown, who was drafted by the C’s just two picks after Simmons nearly two weeks ago.
— NBA TV (@NBATV) July 5, 2016
“I'm good,” Simmons said, via ESPN’s Chris Forsberg. “Just cramps. … It's been about four months since I played. That's the main reason. I haven't played in a while.”
Not a good sign. A lack of fluids can cause cramping, but that may suggests he’s out of shape. Sure, Simmons has likely been working on the weak parts of his game like his long-range shot, but that doesn’t get you ready to run up and down the court for 30-plus minutes.
Simmons will not play in Philly’s summer league game on Tuesday, so already he’s missing work.
As for Brown, he didn’t have a tremendous shooting night (2-of-7), but he still put up 16 points after getting to the line a lot (11-of-17 from the charity stripe).
Judging from Brown’s ability to attack the basket, Celtics fans should feel confident another Paul Pierce is in the works.
Check out highlights from Simmons and Brown's summer league duel below: