10 questions facing the Sixers as NBA returns in Orlando

What might be forgotten is how well he was playing before he hurt his back. In his last 15 games leading up to and including the 110-103 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Feb. 11, he averaged 21.9 points, 9.1 rebounds and 7.9 assists, while shooting 69.4% from the foul line. During that time, he averaged 7.4 free throw attempts. Before that 15-game stretch, in 38 previous games, he averaged 14.9 points, 7.5 rebounds and 8.5 assists. Simmons averaged just 4.5 free throw attempts per game and shot 58.5% from the foul line. He was also playing at an All-NBA defensive team level, although it’s been that way for the entire season. If the more recent Simmons shows up, the Sixers will be a dangerous team.

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