Ben Simmons reinforced during the first week of the season why the Philadelphia 76ers made him the first pick of the 2016 draft. Simmons recorded double-doubles in each of those games and just missed a triple-double by two assists at Toronto on Saturday. Philadelphia, which lost its first two games to the Washington Wizards and Boston Celtics, will try again to break into the win column with a road game at the Detroit Pistons on Monday.
Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy used his team's trip to Washington to again voice his support for athletes who kneel during the national anthem and his opposition to President Donald Trump. Van Gundy was asked before Friday night's game against the Wizards what he hoped would result from the president's criticism of NFL players who refuse to stand for the anthem and the resulting national dialogue about political activism by professional athletes. ''I don't know what good can come out of anything the president has said,'' Van Gundy said.