The 2018-2019 NBA preseason began with two games: The Philadelphia 76ers, easily beating the Melbourne Victory; and a Charlotte Hornets win against the high-expectations Boston Celtics. With scores not really making a difference, we’ll mostly remember the dunks of rookie Miles Bridges, the chase down block by the recalibrated Markelle Fultz and Ben Simmons being creative as ever.
Simmons off the backboard assist
This is going to be a big season for the Sixers’ versatile big-man/point guard hybrid, and he certainly started it off right, finishing the game with 8 points, 8 rebounds and 14 assists, besides this impressive use of the backboard to set up a teammate bucket.
Fultz chasedown block
Everyone cares about Fultz’ shooting, not his defense and hustle, but on this play, he certainly showed it to be part of his repertoire. He scored 14 points on 6-of-11 from the field.
Jaylen Brown’s 4-point play
The first quarter of the game, before Nicolas Batum and Kemba Walker got going, was all Celtics, winning it 37-20. Brown, who led the team with 14 points, hit this impressive three following a crossover, and drew the foul to set himself up with a 4-point play.
Miles Bridges #1
After two impressive years at Michigan State, Bridges was taken 12th overall by the Hornets. He scored 10 points to go with his 8 rebounds while coming off the bench in his preseason NBA debut, showing off his hops with two nasty dunks.