Ben Simmons makes a successful return to competitive basketball after a year-long injury absence.

Ben Simmons has made a successful return to competitive basketball from a year-long injury absence in Philadelphia's NBA pre-season game against Memphis.

The former Newcastle Hunters junior had six points – shooting at 25 per cent – and a team-high nine assists and seven rebounds in the 76ers' 110-89 loss to the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

Ben Simmons

Ben Simmons

The 2016 No.1 draft pick played 22 minutes at point guard and appears to be fully recovered from the broken foot which sidelined him last season. Simmons, 21, impressed with a series of superb assists as he nears his NBA debut when the regular season starts on October 18 against Washington.

Markelle Fultz, this year's top draft selection, scored four points shooting just 15 per cent from the floor.

Jahlil Okafor and Robert Covington top-scored for the 76ers with 13 points each.

Meanwhile, Australian duo Joe Ingles and Dante Exum have combined for 21 points in Utah's 117-78 NBA pre-season win over Maccabi Haifa on Wednesday.

Playing predominantly as a small forward, Ingles had 12 points and four assists in 20 minutes. Exum came off the bench for nine points and a team-high six assists.


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