Fans in Philadelphia have endured countless seasons of pain and suffering but that may be coming to an end.
The time for excitement has come and with the Sixers’ arsenal of recent top draft picks ready to test themselves in the weaker Eastern Conference, things are looking up.
Ben Simmons was taken with the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NBA draft but missed his entire first season in the league after sustaining a broken bone in his right foot.
Thanks to another finish at the bottom of the standings, Philly landed the number three pick in the draft and after a trade with the Celtics, obtained the number one pick in which they selected point guard Markelle Fultz.
A month after the draft, the 21-year-old Australian was cleared for full basketball activity and finally hit the court for his first preseason game against the Grizzlies.
76ers coach Brett Brown has long stated Simmons would be the team’s point guard and his vision and creativity was on full display from the outset.
Despite a 110-89 Grizzlies win, Simmons was hailed for his ability to run the point.
Grizzlies coach David Fizdale had identified Simmons’ unselfishness as one of his greatest attributes pregame but after seeing him up close, took his praise to the next level.
“Oh my God. I don’t want to see that for the