Ben Simmons Highlights In Summer League Debut

SALT LAKE CITY, Sporting Alert — No. 1 overall pick Ben Simmons made his much-anticipated professional debut at the Utah Jazz Summer League on Monday, but the Philadelphia 76ers fell 102-94 to the Boston Celtics at Vivint Smart Home Arena.

The former NCAA standout played almost 24-minutes and showed glimpses of the talent NBA fans are expecting to see when the senior league returns later this year.

Simmons finished the night with 10 points, eight rebounds and five assists before he was forced to leave the game due to cramps with 4:19 remaining in the contest.

The LSU product revealed that he is happy to get his first taste of NBA action in the Summer League, but admits that he will wait to measure his gift against the top players, rather than against the rest of his class.

“I’m looking at the top guys like (LeBron James) and (Kevin Durant),” Simmons said. “Those are the guys I have to be facing, so I have to get ready for them.”

He added: “I respect everybody. I don’t fear anyone. So when we go into every game, I’m willing to put in the work to win.

“That’s the goal coming in here — just to win every game.”

Simmons also explained the reason for his cramping up down the stretch, noting that he needs to intake more fluid.

“It’s been about four months since I played, that’s the main reason,” Simmons noted.

“More fluids. It’s just an adjustment. The game’s a lot harder, a lot quicker. It’s just one of those things you have to stay on.

“That’s the worst I’ve ever cramped up. I’m definitely going to stay on that.”

The 76ers will play again on Tuesday against the San Antonio Spurs, but Simmons is not expected to play.

Meanwhile, Christian Wood, who totalled 20 points and five rebounds in 15 minutes off the bench led the way for Philadephia.

Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot and Richaun Holmes each added 13 points for the Sixers.

Terry Rozier led the Celtics with a team-high 18 points and added five assists, while R.J. Hunter finished with 17 points and five rebounds.

No. 3 overall pick Jaylen Brown finish with 16 points, including converting 11 of 17 from the free throw line. He also had six rebounds.

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