Ben Simmons has been overlooked this year so far. He was being overshadowed by Joel “MVP” Embiid, then by the acquiring of Jimmy “Ice” Butler, and even when he put together a nice streak of basketball, he was overshadowed by Kendall Jenner and the most idiotic sports petition ever. So how has Ben been playing? Did he even get better in the off-season?
If you simply just look at the stats you would say he is pretty much the same player. Stats, however do not tell the real story of Ben’s season so far. There are multiple reasons behind this, but I could see it becoming a common theme in his career. For one, Joel Embiid has become an offensive juggernaut. This is a great thing for the Sixers as a whole, but it does not help Simmons much. Embiid is not someone who you can rack up assists to by hitting them on a cut or dishing out for a nice three. Most of the time you get the ball to Embiid he will post up, put his back to the basket, or stand in triple-threat position for multiple seconds effectively taking away the chance for an assist. Like I mentioned, this is great for our team but it is one of the reasons Ben’s assists numbers are not as high as they could be.
Ben can get buckets. This is a known thing in the NBA. Averaging 15+ a game is hard and if you even come close to it you are a good scorer. This really shows why Ben is so dominant. He is not a scorer. He is a pass first point guard who can play good defense and take rebounds away from 7-foot centers. The fact he even averages 15.5 ppg shows exactly why he is so dominant all-around at basketball. He also is averaging about the same number of points on 1 whole less shot per game. This will probably continue to rise throughout the season as he continues to get more comfortable and hopefully can continue his hot scoring streak. Ben at his peak will not be tops in the league at scoring, it just is not his game. I could see his best year in his career averaging about 22 points per game on a great efficiency.
So, let’s talk about the thing that Ben DEFINITELY improved on. Free throws. Yes, his last game was horrible in this department, but on the year Ben is shooting 60.6%. This is a huge jump from the 56% he shot last year. He is also averaging about 1 more free-throw per game. If ben could get this to about 63% by the end of the year I would be confident in his future at the line. People can improve at the line in the off-season and if anything, this shows us how seriously he takes his training.
Okay. I just have to touch upon the whole Kendall Jenner drama that was going on this week. If you signed the petition or supported it in any way, you need to log off the internet, go to the closest bar and get laid. The only reason anyone in the world would go as far as to try and stop a player that they are a fan of from dating one of the most beautiful women on this earth is jealousy or just the overall need to hate on anyone else being successful. Do not hide behind the “Kardashian curse” because we all know that is not a thing. I am not sure if anything this fanbase has ever done has gotten me more infuriated than this petition. It was just plain weird and embarrassing. That is all. Go Birds.