Brooklyn Nets star Ben Simmons has always been a player in the spotlight. That’s what it takes to be the first pick in the NBA draft.
Simmons became one of the top players in the country as a freshman at LSU and was ranked No. 1 in the 2016 NBA Draft. Simmons came away with high expectations. Simmons has a knack for being one of the most dominant stars in the league.
At 6-foot-10, with the playmaking and ball handling of a point guard, Simmons has a rare set of tools in his arsenal. He has also become a sensational weapon on the defensive side of the ball. But his weaknesses have also made him a dangerous player in the league.
Simmons continues to show lackluster shooting attempts from outside the paint. To top it off, Simmons has had issues with his health, both physical and mental. For a player who was once seen as one of the league’s top young rising superstars, the stock has turned for Simmons.
That’s exactly what analyst Chris Broussard believes. On the podcast “The Odd Couple,” Broussard shared that there are many questions surrounding Simmons:
“Hopefully, I mean, like basketball fans, you hope that this guy can become the player he can become, because he was fantastic at LSU. Now there are the physical issues we talked about. There are mental problems. , and then you talk to people all over the league, there are questions about his bike. Does he like the game?
“I talked to some guys last week about Ben – these are league officials – that you should stay away from him. He’ll get you fired, you know. Acting for him would get you fired.
“So there are people wondering how much he likes the game. And they’re looking at the fact that he’s not even ready to do a jump shot. And they’re looking at it because he doesn’t like it, he hasn’t even tried hard tried enough to overcome that mental block.”
Ben Simmons is starting to find his rhythm with the Brooklyn Nets
Brooklyn Nets star wing Ben Simmons
Time will tell if Brooklyn Nets wing Ben Simmons can finally live up to the potential he showed as one of the best overall selections.
After spending the early part of his career with the Philadelphia 76ers, Simmons sought a trade and a change of scenery last season. This would eventually lead to Ben Simmons being acquired by the Brooklyn Nets. After setbacks in his rehabilitation, the talented winger made his debut for the Nets this season.
Ben Simmons’ last 3 matches:
15 points | 13 reb | 7 AST
22 pts | 8 reb | 5 AST
11 pts | 7 reb | 11 AST
80.8 FG% on that piece.
It was a slow start to the season for both Ben Simmons and the Brooklyn Nets (8–10). The team lost five of its first six games. After more than a year without playing experience, Simmons showed himself combative on the field as well.
In his first nine games, Simmons averaged 5.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game. Since then, Simmons has begun to show signs of his former self. In his last four games, Simmons has averaged 14.8 ppg, 8.3 rpg and 6.5 apg.
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Edited by Joseph Schiefelbein