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Philadelphia 76ers to transform Ben Simmons into point guard

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Ben Simmons possesses a skill set that many players wish they had, and has coaches dreaming they could coach.

Simmons, the Sixers No. 1 overall draft pick in June, is currently rehabbing from surgery to repair an acute Jones fracture in his right foot, but Philadelphia's head coach Brett Brown says he envisions eventually utilising the Australian as a point guard when he returns from injury.

"My intention is to give him the ball," Brown told ESPN. "I think that ultimately he's going to be groomed to be a point guard."

Simmons' on-court vision and ability to create for his teammates has been praised since his one-and-done season with LSU. The 6'10 forward equally impressed the NBA fraternity at Summer League in July with some of his passes and his ability to run the floor. Brown spoke of Simmons' athleticism being a key to his success as a professional NBA player.

"It [athleticism] is certainly not the be all end all, but it certainly helps," he said. "That type of breakaway speed at 6'10, 245 pounds. He is an elite athlete. Apart from the skill package that he most definitely has, I feel like that's one of the foundations of a lot of the great players."

Simmons wouldn't be the first highly-touted forward to move to being a floor general - the Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo was a revelation last season as the team's primary ball-handler, averaging 18.8 points, 8.6 rebounds, 7.2 assists and recording five triple-doubles following the All-Star break.