Posted September 26, 2017 at 06:30 AM | Updated September 26, 2017 at 06:54 AM
Tim Hawk | For NJ.com
CAMDEN — The rebuilt Sixers have plenty of questions that need to be answered on the court this year. For now, the only answers they could provide came on a podium. The Sixers held their media day on Monday, officially kicking off their 2017-18 NBA season. With each player taking the time out of their day to talk, here are the six most notable quotes from the day.
Markelle Fultz is willing to play off ball next to Ben Simmons
From his final two years at DeMatha High School in Hyattsville, Maryland to the University of Washington, Markelle Fultz is used to being the lead dog, both on the team and on the court. That’s about to change in a big way as he begins his NBA career with the Sixers. Fultz is the newest piece of a now three-headed monster that will also Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid. And while Fultz has always played point guard, Brett Brown has affirmed that Simmons will be the team’s primary initiator, effectively moving Fultz off ball. However, the rookie seems to be looking forward to a new challenge.
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“I think I’ll be comfortable with it,” Fultz said about playing next to Simmons. “My main goal is to be able to do whatever I have to do to help the team win, and if that’s me playing on and off the ball, then that’s what I’ll do.”
The young duo certainly has the chance to wreak some havoc on their opponents for years to come. Fultz is the most gifted scoring guard this Sixers team has seen in some time, and Simmons has a rare package of size, ball handling, and passing that could make him an all-time great.
“I think the success is going to be high. It’s going to throw teams off,” Fultz said. “You don’t know who’s bringing it up, who’s getting it. So I’m definitely looking forward to it.”
Fultz will certainly have the chance to play point guard during the course of the year. In his only season at Washington, the 19-year-old had very little talent around him, but still managed to 23.2 points and nearly six steals per game. Now having the opportunity to play with floor spacers like J.J. Redick, Robert Covington, and even Joel Embiid, Fultz is relishing the opportunity.
“I think it’s going to help my play,” Fultz said about the talent around him. “Just having guys that can make even more open shots and guys that can create for themselves. Not being able to have people able to help off my teammates is only going to help them and make me better.”