Philadelphia 76ers: Ranking Ben Simmons against all 2019-20 starting point guards

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27. Terry Rozier, Charlotte Hornets

The Hornets started off their rebuild by … giving Terry Rozier an expensive contract. Not great. The Hornets are in a rough spot, saddled by big-money contracts and a scarcity of high-end prospects. It’s the beginning of a long and arduous process.

Due to Charlotte’s lack of talent and shot creation, Rozier will have free reign on offense. He showed flashes in Boston — he was especially impressive in 2017-18 — and could perhaps return to form in a new role. His dissatisfaction was evident last season. The Hornets provide a fresh start.

26. Ja Morant, Memphis Grizzlies

The second overall pick, Ja Morant should get reps early and often in Memphis. His quick first step, elite court vision and dynamic athleticism are NBA assets, while the Grizzlies will entrust him with significant volume right away.

Morant needs to prove his 3-point shot, but his facilitation skills are special. He’ll also get to the rim proficiently, although his ability to finish — especially in traffic — needs work. Adding strength in Memphis’ developmental system is key.

25. Kris Dunn, Chicago Bulls

The Bulls have a few options at starting point guard. Kris Dunn feels like the favorite right now, but Tomas Satoransky is the best player available. Coby White, the reigning seventh overall pick, is the most important prospect.

So, it’s only fitting Chicago rolls with Dunn, who evoked mixed feelings last season. His third-year averages were respectable — 11.6 points, 6.0 assists on 42.5 percent shooting — but Dunn still needs to grow as a defender and decision-maker.