Plus, Ingram's upside appears to be more positive than Simmons'.
Could it be that the team envisions Ingram being a better pro than Simmons in three, four or five years?
The comparisons of Ingram to Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant are simply way too premature.
Take a look at Durant's highlights during his lone season at Texas, where he averaged 25.8 points and 11.1 rebounds. Ingram has a long way to go to get his skills to NBA levels, let alone to those of Durant.
There really is little to not like about Ingram's game, and the reason why there is so much debate as to what the Sixers should do.
His game will take a few years to be fully NBA-ready, but then it could be something really special.
His posting in the NBA probably won't be that easy; as he gets pushed away from the basket, that fadeaway will now come in the 18- to 20-foot range.
Similarly to Jahlil Okafor at Duke, Ingram was needed on the court as much as possible, which meant foul trouble could not be tolerated.
Ingram's footwork and outside shooting ability could be directly related to him having been 6-2 as a freshman in high school.
Ingram seems to be a very smart player who sees the floor and anticipates what defenses are doing.
That helps him to be an above-average passer, whether it's on pick-and-rolls when he is doubled or on a drive to the basket.
And because of his ability to take the ball to the basket, those moves have to be respected by defenders, often giving him enough space to get off a shot.
If a defender closes out, Ingram can go to the basket with either hand and also has the ability to pull up after a dribble or two and shoot a jumper. His long strides often aren't anticipated by defenders, so he gets to the rim on two dribbles from 20-plus feet away.
So at times, aggressiveness on defense wasn't a priority.