We all know what Ben Simmons is able to on D, however for him, that letter may also stand for an additional phrase: disappointment. As a result of at this level his lack of improvement is tough to course of.
I say this not merely because of him making an attempt simply 4 photographs in the midst of the Sixers historic collapse against the Hawks, or given he missed 10 free throws in a recreation his workforce misplaced by three, however extra so as a result of the truth that I believed in his means to be a famous person.
Simmons or Joel Embiid was a legit dialog for some time and I used to be on workforce Simmons for a minute there. Against Atlanta, Embiid and Simmons turned Embiid and Curry, and we’re speaking Seth, not Steph. That doesn’t say a lot for what Tobias Harris contributed both, however Simmons was all the time imagined to be the opposite constructing block.
In a league the place shot creation is a very powerful commodity, in my opinion, adopted by taking pictures, he’s far too typically a self-check. Simmons can definitely make performs for others, nonetheless, with regards to creating for himself, he isn’t a lot of a risk.
Particularly from the perimeter, the place his jumper is the other of moist. Which is much more obtrusive when Embiid remains to be a power on the market regardless of a knee damage, whereas Simmons can’t be trusted on the ground in crunch time.
That’s not only a results of his woes on the free throw line both, as Simmons has taken zero photographs and has just one help in the final two fourth quarters.
The brilliant facet for Philly is the Sixers season isn’t over and Simmons can nonetheless present why regardless of his scoring struggles he’s a internet constructive on the courtroom.
However given the place he’s in his profession, for all the great he does, Ben Simmons needs to be higher.