In an interview with the media, Sixers head coach Brett Brown said that he's played All-Star point guard Ben Simmons exclusively at power forward in the last few days of practice. (Kyle Neubeck on Twitter)
In an interesting development in the Sixers game plan, Simmons has been playing off-the-ball in practice. Before the hiatus, Shake Milton did a great job filling in at point guard while Simmons was recovering from a back injury, and its no secret the Sixers experienced issues in their chemistry in the frontcourt when Embiid and Horford were healthy. Brown deploying Simmons at PF will create mismatches for anyone guarding him as he will be able to create off-the-ball and be put in better positions to score more effectively. Simmons' reluctance to shoot often causes defenses to sag in the paint, and running him in potential pick-and-rolls will open up the Sixers offense. Should Simmons stay at the PF position, this would shift Al Horford to the sixth man role. From a fantasy perspective, this might result in a slight dip in assists for Simmons, but he should still be locked in as a DFS player to target once the season resumes for his ability to stuff the stat sheet.