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Georges Niang Says The Sixers Remain Focused Despite Ben Simmons' Absence: "Whoever’s On The Active Roster That Night, That’s Kinda How We’re Going About It This Season.”

Georges Niang Says The Sixers Remain Focused Despite Ben Simmons' Absence: "Whoever’s On The Active Roster That Night, That’s Kinda How We’re Going About It This Season.”

The chances of Ben Simmons suiting up for the Philadelphia 76ers is close to none, and the team has seemingly moved on from him. Tyrese Maxey stepped into that starting point guard role and has been doing a great job.

The team has performed well so far without him and is ranked 6th in the Eastern Conference standings with a 16-15 record. The likes of Joel Embiid and Tobias Harris have missed a good number of games, which is one of the reasons for their current drop in form despite a hot 8-2 start to the season.

A saga of this magnitude is likely to cause some distractions, but the team has managed under pressure, especially with the bench unit. On JJ Reddick's The Old Man & The Three podcast, new signing Georges Niang was asked if the Ben situation has been a distraction to the team and Niang had this to say (2:45):

“So I’ve never played alongside him, so I don’t know what it’s like to actually have him in practice. Obviously those three days, it was hard for me to focus in practice because I was like, ‘Alright, what’s about to happen here?'”

“Obviously he addressed the team. Mentally he isn’t ready to play. But now we’re focused on who’s playing tonight, how we’re going to get through tonight. And Doc has made a great point of just being like, ‘Hey, we’re going to take it one battle at a time, one day at a time.’"

"Whoever’s on the active roster that night, that’s kinda how we’re going about it this season. That's kinda like the first time I've done that in my career. But, it's worked out for us.”

Niang has played in 28 games so far for his new team and is averaging 10.4 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 1.5 assists. He was brought in for his three-point shooting but is averaging below 40% (.380) for the first time in the last three seasons. Although he believes Simmons will be a crucial piece to their Sixers championship race, he has said the team is carrying on well without him.