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Simmons sizzles in Sixers' debut

Simmons sizzles in Sixers' debut

It wasn't just the 76ers and their fans who couldn't wait for Ben Simmons' NBA preseason debut Wednesday night.

Grizzlies coach David Fizdale was also eager to see Simmons, the No. 1 pick in the 2016 draft.

Asked beforehand how he would defend the 6-foot-10 Simmons, who plays point guard on offense, Fizdale replied, "I don't know yet. We'll see what we're dealing with. There's no disputing the talent. He's a freak talent. He's not lacking really in any areas. His unselfishness is probably one of his greatest attributes. The fact that he does it with such great size — he is really today's NBA."

After he was introduced last during the pregame festivities, Simmons...