76ers Draft: Is Kris Dunn a Fit with Ben Simmons?

Is Kris Dunn a fit with Ben Simmons and the Sixers? | Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Is Kris Dunn a fit with Ben Simmons and the Sixers? | Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

We continue our draft series, looking at a couple of players the Sixers could target in Thursday night’s NBA draft.

One player who has come up in conversations of late is Providence point guard Kris Dunn, with reports out of CSN New England that the Sixers are enamored with Dunn. Is he somebody that they should pursue?

Age: 22

Measurements: 6-foot-4.25-inches (in shoes), 205 pounds, 6-foot-9.5-inch wingspan.

Stats: 16.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, 6.2 assists, 2.5 steals, 3.5 turnovers per game, shot 44.8 percent from the field and 37.2 percent from three-point range.

Advanced stats: 11.3 Boxscore plus/minus, (5.6 offensive, 5.7 defensive), 4.5 win shares (2.2 offensive, 2.3 defensive), 0.166 win shares/40 minutes, 46.2 percent free throw rate, 54.1 percent true shooting.

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Joel Embiid Cleared to Begin Scrimmaging

Joel Embiid practices before the Sixers played the Los Angeles Clippers on February 8th, 2016 | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Sixers center Joel Embiid has reportedly been cleared to start participating in “light” 5-on-5 scrimmages | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

According to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports’ “The Vertical”, Sixers center Joel Embiid has been cleared to start participating in “light” scrimmaging in 5-on-5 settings.

Embiid, 22, was selected by the Sixers third overall in the 2014 NBA draft just days after undergoing surgery to repair a fracture in the navicular bone in his right foot.

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Ben Simmons Works Out for 76ers, Reportedly Told He Will Be Selected No. 1

The Sixers would likely decide between Ben Simmons (pictured) or Brandon Ingram if they win May 17th's lottery | Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Ben Simmons worked out for the Philadelphia 76ers today, and has reportedly been told he will be selected with the first pick. | Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

After much debate, it turns out Ben Simmons has, in fact, worked out for the Philadelphia 76ers.

“This morning we did have an opportunity, very early, to have Ben Simmons come in and work out,” Sixers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo told reporters today at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. “[The workout] was important for us, and we were excited to be able to get the opportunity. I think it also speaks to the fact that Ben [Simmons] and his representatives wanted to make sure that we were aware they wanted to be the #1 pick and would like to be considered here in Philadelphia.”

According to Chris Haynes of Cleveland.com, the Sixers have informed Simmons’ camp that he will be selected #1 in Thursday’s NBA draft.

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76ers Draft: Is Jamal Murray the Draft’s Best Shooter?

Kentucky's Jamal Murray could be an option if the Sixers acquire another top-5 draft pick in Thursday's NBA draft | Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports

Kentucky’s Jamal Murray could be an option if the Sixers acquire another top-5 draft pick in Thursday’s NBA draft | Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports

With the 76ers draft just a few days away, we’ll take a look at a couple of prospects the Sixers could end up walking away with on Thursday night.

In Jamal Murray‘s case, the interest would likely stem from a trade, as he’s unlikely to be, and shouldn’t be, in consideration for the #1 pick.

Age: 19

Measurements: 6-foot-4.25-inches (in shoes), 207 pounds, 6-foot-6.5-inch wingspan.

Stats: 20.0 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists per game, shot 45.5 percent from the field and 40.8 percent from three-point range.

Advanced stats: 9.1 Boxscore plus/minus, (8.1 offensive, 1.1 defensive), 6.1 win shares (4.4 offensive, 1.7 defensive), 0.194 win shares/40 minutes, 28.3 percent free throw rate, 59.0 percent true shooting.

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Report: Sixers Have Meeting with Ben Simmons

Adding Ben Simmons would bring some level of certainty to the Sixers rebuild | Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

According to a report from Marc Stein of ESPN, the Sixers had a meeting with Ben Simmons, the presumptive #1 overall pick in next Thursday’s NBA draft.  | Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

According to Marc Stein of ESPN, the Sixers had a dinner with Ben Simmons last night prior to game 6 of the NBA finals.

This was the first time the Sixers have had the chance to meet with Ben Simmons in person. In fact, according to Stein the Sixers are the only team who has been granted access to Simmons to this point.

The meeting, according to Stein, included numerous members of the Sixers’ front office, including Sixers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo and head coach Brett Brown, as well as Rich Paul, Simmons’ agent. Read more »

76ers Musings: Stop Overreacting To Ben Simmons Not Working Out

Is Ben Simmons not working out for the Sixers a big deal? | Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Is Ben Simmons not working out for the Sixers a big deal? | Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

This week we continue our 76ers musings column, where we focus on a couple of (relatively) quick-hitting thoughts on topics being discussed about the Philadelphia 76ers.

You can read previous entries in the “Sixers Musings” series here.

Whether Ben Simmons works out for Sixers isn’t a big deal

Would it be good if the 76ers were able to get LSU forward Ben Simmons in for a workout? Of course. More information is better than less information, and having a one-on-one interview with a kid who is about to become the face of your franchise certainly provides value. Everybody would prefer to have Simmons in for a workout than not.

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Ben Simmons: Being Selected With #1 Pick A Once In A Lifetime Opportunity

Ben Simmons | Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Ben Simmons may be the Sixers’ choice with the No. 1 overall pick | Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

There has been much speculation about whether Ben Simmons wants to be drafted first overall by the Philadelphia 76ers.

That speculation, which initially originated from a report that Simmons could earn more out of a shoe deal if he were drafted by Los Angeles, has been gaining momentum of late because the Sixers have yet to meet with the former LSU star. The Sixers have already met with Brandon Ingram, the other presumptive top-2 pick in June 23rd’s draft, twice. Once at the NBA Combine at Chicago in May and then earlier today at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, where the Sixers had Ingram in for a private one-on-none workout.

Earlier today, Sixers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo confirmed that no meeting was currently scheduled between Simmons and the Sixers.

“As of this moment, not yet,” Colangelo said about a potential meeting. “We’re still working on that.”

Colangelo, however, did sound optimistic that Simmons had no problem playing for Philadelphia if they did decide to select him first overall.

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Brandon Ingram Impresses in Workout with Sixers, No Workout Scheduled for Ben Simmons

The Philadelphia 76ers had Duke forward Brandon Ingram in for a workout on Monday | Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia 76ers had Duke forward Brandon Ingram in for a workout on Monday | Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Who the Sixers will select with the first overall pick has been a two-horse race ever since the team was awarded the #1 overall pick in May 17th’s NBA lottery.

One of those players is Duke small forward Brandon Ingram, who worked out for the Sixers at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine on Monday. Ingram was the only player participating in the workout.

“Obviously, in a one-on-none workout you’re not going to learn everything about a player, but that’s why we scouted a lot of basketball games and watched a lot of tape,” Sixers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo said about the workout. “He’s a versatile forward that can handle the ball, can shoot the ball. I referred to him as a silky smooth small forward. He can do a lot.”

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15 Years Ago Today, Sixers Fans Booed Beyoncé

Destiny's Child at the 2001 NBA Finals

Destiny’s Child performs during halftime of Game 4 of the 2001 NBA Finals 15 years ago today. Michelle Williams’ Lakers jersey started a chorus of boos that nearly drowned out the performance by the end. (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy)

What began as a promising NBA Finals was looking pretty bleak by halftime of Game 4.

The Sixers — bruised and battered, led by NBA MVP Allen Iverson in his finest season — had clawed out of deficits in their first three series to win the Eastern Conference. They rallied to beat the Lakers, previously unbeaten in the playoffs, in Game 1. But the Sixers dropped a winnable Game 2 when they missed some late free throws, then lost Game 3 back in Philadelphia as well. Now they were down 14 at halftime of Game 4. Sixers fans could forget about any chance at a comeback if the Lakers went up 3 games to 1. The incredible playoff run of 2001 looked like it was coming to an end.

And out on the court at the then-First Union Center stepped Beyoncé, the biggest pop star in the world. Her performance was widely booed throughout. Really.

She wasn’t the biggest pop star in the world at the time. She was still Beyoncé Knowles, lead singer of Houston girl-group Destiny’s Child. Two years before, it had a breakthrough with its second album. The Writing’s on the Wall went eight-times platinum, there were major lineup shakeups. By June 2001, Destiny’s Child was a trio. Read more »

Colangelo: Likelihood Joel Embiid Plays In Summer League is Nil

Sixers head coach Brett Brown works with Joel Embiid before the Sixers played the Indiana Pacers last season at the Wells Fargo Center | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Bryan Colangelo says there’s almost no chance Joel Embiid will play in Summer League next month. | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

NBA.com writer Scott Howard-Cooper is in Treviso, Italy, where he sat down with 76ers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo during a break in the adidas Eurocamp.

Howard-Cooper’s report, which you can read in full here, covered on a wide-ranging set of topics, including what the Sixers will do with the #1 pick, whether a trade involving Jahlil Okafor or Nerlens Noel is being discussed, and what the Sixers will do with the 24th and 26th selections in the draft.

Of note, however, was an update on the odds Joel Embiid will play in summer league, which kicks off July 4th in Utah. Once the Utah Summer League wraps up, the Sixers will then head over to Las Vegas Summer League, which takes place from July 8th through July 18th.

According to Colangelo, there’s almost no chance Embiid will participate in either league.
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