Ben Simmons Continues to Rave About Josh Richardson
The Philadelphia 76ers offseason moves have paid off so far through two preseason games. Although the matchups don't really count for anything when it comes to a win-loss record, each minute in the preseason is still critical for the Sixers as they get a chance to see the potential of their lineups without any repercussion.
So far, the results have been promising -- especially when it comes to the starting lineup. While many worried about the Sixers thinning in talent without JJ Redick or Jimmy Butler on the roster, it seems as though the Eastern Conference should still be on the lookout for this young team that has assembled another playoff-caliber squad with substantial additions over the summer.
While Al Horford seemed to be the most significant acquisition over a few months ago, shooting guard, Josh Richardson is quickly becoming one of the Sixers better players as well, and the great news is that Sixers' star point guard Ben Simmons is visibly thrilled to be playing alongside for the former Miami Heat guard.
"He's been amazing so far," Simmons said on Friday night following the second preseason win against the Hornets. "Defensively, obviously, he's been a presence. Offensively he's gifted [he can] get to the rim, shoot the ball, has great touch so -- he's been a great addition so far.
Richardson picked up 25 minutes worth of playing time on Friday, where he led the Sixers in scoring with 18 points. He also collected two rebounds and four assists, as well. With still a handful of preseason games to go for Richardson and the Sixers, there's still plenty of time for Philly to work out the light kinks in their lineup. So far, though, there hasn't been much to complain about. The Sixers look sharp through two games, and the Simmons-Richardson duo is gelling well.