These Screenshots of Ben Simmons Being Unguarded Show Exactly What’s Wrong With the Sixers Offense
The disrespect is granted, though.
Regardless of only playing one season, Ben Simmons is, without a doubt, one of the best players in the NBA. But it’s clear for everyone to see that his game still has one glaring weakness.
The point/forward is practically unstoppable in transition and, along with LeBron and Nikola Jokic, is one of the best passing big men in the league — of not the best.
Despite all of this, however, Simmons still can not shoot a three-pointer (or long range two) to save his life. And the league has noticed:
c’mon now dawg…c’mon mane pic.twitter.com/A3pQ9Ip6hS
— Bruh Report (@BruhReport) October 28, 2018
The utter disrespect towards Simmons’ jump shot in the above photos is proof of how inept the young star is from behind the line.
If you’re that wide open and not willing to take the shot, just how bad is it?
This is one of the reasons why Philly is in big trouble this year. Having both Ben and Markelle in at the same time (and without Ilyasova and Belinelli) has proven to be a massive problem for the 76ers, as their inability to spread the floor has allowed defenses to key in on their star big man Joel Embiid down low, suffocating their only offensive target.
A prime example of Ben Simmons’ gravity as a passer pic.twitter.com/4EqR1Rcy9a
— Jackson Frank (@jackfrank_jjf) October 25, 2018
If there is any upside for the 76ers, it is that shooting is the best problem to have, as it is one of the few traits in basketball that can be taught. Unless you’re Markelle Fultz.
And having access to the best coaches the world can offer, this shouldn’t be an issue for too long. One day — boom — he’ll just step into an open three and everyone will go mental, like NBC did here for Fultz.
But until that day happens, Philly need to work out a better offensive structure or they’ll continue to get exposed.