˹Ben SimmonsóҥԣˣCeltics76˶ӵĽסʣJaylen BrownǷ壿
ڰ£Al HorfordΧһ£Al Horford鱾Ϊ2700Ԫ 磬Horford Plus Josh Richardson˹ڶڽסʣJaylen BrownΧһ2680Ԫļ۸顣
POWER RANKINGS: Biggest X-Factor on 76ers, Celtics
It helps that Simmons and Horford have played together before. According to PBP Stats, Simmons and Horford played a total of 953 minutes together without Embiid in the 2019-20 season. Lineups featuring them and no Embiid outscored opponents by a healthy margin of?5.8 points per 100 possessions.
As noted by Kyle Neubeck of Philly Voice, Simmons had arguably the best stretch of his career to date when Horford filled in for Embiid at center.
Brown is under contract through the 2023-24 season while Simmons is under contract through the 2024-25 season.
With Brown set to hit?free agency one season sooner and Simmons having yet to play this season, it will?be interesting to see how much draft compensation would be involved to get a deal done if talks between the 76ers and Celtics progress.
Before the season began, I presented six different potential packages for Simmons to two members of our staff.
Representing the Celtics, here’s what SN’s Kyle Irving wrote in regards to a Simmons-Brown swap…
Absolutely not. Although it is fun to think about Simmons, Smart, Tatum,?Al Horford?and Robert Williams as a defensive unit, I’m not trading Brown for Simmons. If Brown’s not already the better all-around player, I’m certain he will be by the time both of their current contracts run out.
It feels like we know what Simmons’ ceiling is. The same can’t be said for Brown.
Representing the 76ers, here’s what Gilbert McGregor wrote…
Yes. All-Star? Check. Frontcourt depth? Check. Ready to win now? Check.
As the package in return checks all boxes, this is an enticing deal for the Sixers to run things back in a different way. As Kyle said, we don’t know what Brown can become in this league, but I do think he would make for a great partner to roll with Embiid.
That is a move that brings you closer to a title.