Despite a loss, there were a lot of positives last night in D.C.
However, there were also a few areas of concern as well.
Here are my top 3 takeaways!
1. Ben is good. Like REAL good.
Basketball has one intangible that all great players possess and that is the ability to move up and down the court silky smooth. Ben Simmons makes being smooth look effortless. Defensive rebound, to lay up on the other end in the matter of seconds. Ben flew around the court all night in his NBA debut while filling the stat sheet with an 18/10/5 line. We didn’t get to see a ton of Simmons’ incredible passing ability tonight as the team is still building chemistry but there is plenty of time for that this season. This kid is going to be a stud for a long time and once he gets a reliable shooting stroke Simmons will be borderline unstoppable.
2. Fultz isn’t as bad as your Twitter timeline may say.
If you were following the game on Twitter last night you saw a tale two reactions.
First half Fultz:
Second Half Fultz:
He looked a bit overwhelmed in the first half. At times it felt like he couldn’t hit water if he fell out of a boat but if I told you he was 55% from the field would you believe me?
He kept fighting through and for a 19 year old kid in his first NBA game I think there are a ton of positives to take away. Fultz showed glimpses on both offense and defense of first overall talent. He had an impressive hustle block on Oubre in the first quarter. Fultz ended the game much better than he started and I would look for that moment to carry over to Friday night vs Boston.
3. I’m in love with the RoCo!!
Covington could end up being more important to this team than I previously thought. 29 points and 7-11 downtown, are you kidding me? Pair that with seven boards, one steal and two blocks, RoCo may be on his way to becoming the top 3-D player in the association. It felt like every time the Sixers started to slip further behind Covington hit another big time three. Who could have predicted he would start hitting threes at such a higher clip?
Hmmmmmmm……. No need to read any other site!
Yes, the Sixers lost the game, but they are already trending in the right direction. Two easily fixable turnovers end up costing Philly one against a Washington squad that should win 50 games this year. A lot of positives for the youngest and most talented roster in the NBA. Next up home opener.