So, Ben Simmons can nonetheless ball out when he needs to.
Saying Simmons’ return to the courtroom after over a yr off had been a gradual burn could be the understatement of the last decade. Rumors have been already circulating in regards to the Nets not being proud of Ben’s progress, and we’re barely a month into the season. Simmons has already missed 5 video games within the first month of the season.
Over his first 9 video games performed, Simmons had zero video games the place he scored in double figures. However one thing could have lastly clicked with Simmons, as he’s hit double figures now in three consecutive video games. Simmons even shot over 70 p.c from the sphere in every recreation, and Brooklyn received two of the three. On Sunday, towards Memphis, the previous All-Star scored a season-high 22 factors on 11 of 13 capturing.
It might not seem to be a lot, however contemplating the place we have been with Simmons every week in the past, this enchancment is groundbreaking. Simmons has constructed a repute as a man who’s afraid to shoot, and it feels prefer it occurred in a single day. Going again to Philly, he’s by no means been bounce shooter, however not less than he would select his spots earlier in his profession. Towards the top of his tenure with the 76ers, he’d move up open layups.
Simmons appears to have shaken no matter had overcome him along with his efficiency within the final three video games, whether or not it was a psychological block or one thing else. The most important psychological take a look at for Simmons continues to be in entrance of — he’ll return to Philly for the primary time in a Nets uniform on Tuesday night time. Simmons is sensible sufficient to know what he’s in for when he takes the courtroom in Philadelphia.
A stable exhibiting towards his former teammates in entrance of that rowdy Philly fan base would go a good distance in rebuilding Ben’s confidence. With all of the off-court distractions in Brooklyn from Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, and even Simmons in his transient time with the staff, this group may use some positivity.
If Simmons has certainly turned the nook, it couldn’t have come at a greater time. With Irving making his return from an eight-game suspension, the Nets are actually one recreation underneath .500, sitting in ninth place within the jap convention. It’s not even December but, so there’s greater than sufficient time for this staff to make a run if they’ll get all people on the identical web page.
I nonetheless don’t view them as a championship staff, however with Simmons getting again to his former self (if he continues at this charge), Durant, Irving, and a supporting solid that options shooters like Seth Curry and Joe Harris, Brooklyn may shock some groups later this season.