Atlantic Notes: Simmons, Sixers, Murray, Bender

LSU’s Ben Simmons, the odds-on favorite to be the No. 1 pick in this year’s draft, may prefer to be a Laker, but he “has no issue” with the idea of being selected by the Sixers, a source close to the player tells Tom Moore of The Bucks County Courier Times. Sixers VP of player personnel Marc Eversley indicated on Thursday that the team has yet to make a decision on how it will use that first overall pick, but according to Moore, multiple sources suggest Philadelphia is leaning toward Simmons over Brandon Ingram and others.

Here’s more on that No. 1 pick, along with a few other Atlantic items:

  • Is there any chance the 76ers could select former Kentucky guard Jamal Murray with that first overall pick? Eversley suggested Murray is “in contention” for that top spot, and Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer suggests that some members of the Sixers organization believe he has more upside than anyone in this draft. Still, Pompey doesn’t expect Philadelphia to end up with Murray unless perhaps the team acquires another lottery pick.
  • Derek Bodner of takes a closer look at the Jeff Teague/Nerlens Noel rumor that surfaced on Thursday, making the case that Noel is underrated and shouldn’t be moved in a deal that sends Teague to the Sixers.
  • Top international prospect Dragan Bender is coming stateside this month, but he may work out for just three NBA teams when he arrives, according to Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe (Twitter link), who hears that the Celtics figure to be among those clubs.
  • The Nets are reportedly set to begin a mini-camp on June 6th, and the influence of new head coach Kenny Atkinson can be seen in the list of participants, as NetsDaily explains.
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5 thoughts on “Atlantic Notes: Simmons, Sixers, Murray, Bender

  1. What about Okafor to the Celtics for 3rd pick and RJ Hunter
    Draft Simmons at 1 and then Murray at 3
    Adds a lot of perimeter shooting potential

    If you want to get crazy then sign Harrison Barnes and Dion Waiters(not sure you want this guy around your young players)


    Throw in a few veterans and you got an interesting team with a lot of draft picks remaining

  2. dlevin11

    Sixers trade #1 pick and Okafor to Celtics for Marcus Smart, RJ Hunter, Terry Rozier and Jordan Mickey. Sixers also get Celtics #3 pick and Dallas #14 pick.

    • If Marcus smart is the headliner, why would sixes want the 3rd pick where they’d like take Dunn or Murray

  3. Connorsoxfan

    I really really hope Murray gets drafted first like the article suggests. Value of the Celtics pick skyrockets if Simmons or Ingram is available there.

    • Ravens_Last_Place

      LOL the Celtics have ZERO chance of drafting Simmons or Ingram.


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