PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — For Philadelphia 76ers fans, celebrating the first overall pick quickly turned into debating Ben Simmons vs. Brandon Ingram.
However, according to a report, there may not be much debate inside the Sixers’ organization. Kevin Ding of BleacherReport.com reports the Sixers are “leaning heavily toward taking Simmons, according to league sources.”READ MORE: Poll Workers At Kimmel Center Say Pa. Primary Election Turnout Down Considerably From 2020 Presidential Campaign
Simmons, an Australia native, has multiple ties to the Sixers. First, Sixers sports science guru David T. Martin worked in Australia in 2015. Second, Sixers head coach Brett Brown coached Simmons’ father in Australia.READ MORE: Pennsylvania US Senate Candidate Kathy Barnette Encourages Residents To Cast Vote In Primary Election: 'Don't Allow Anything To Discourage You'
“I coached Ben Simmons’ father for five years in Australia in the late 80’s and I’ve known his family and dad his whole life,” Brown told SportsRadio 94WIP last week. “And you look at his evolution, very ironic that he’s ended up where he’s ended up in this position.”Pennsylvania AG Josh Shapiro Tests Positive For COVID-19
Simmons is a 6-10 wing player with point-guard skills, while Ingram is a 6-9 pure scoring wing player.