Simmons the Sharpshooter


Brett Brown, Philadelphia Sixers Urging Simmons to Shoot More 3’s

Ben Simmons is a 50-percent three-point shooter.

Despite taking only four attempts this season, that is a fact. By no means is he an exceptional sniper from beyond the arc, but the Philadelphia 76ers and head coach Brett Brown are urging the star point guard to shoot more from long range. The hope is that Simmons shoots at least one three-pointer per game to at the very least, keep the opposing defense on its toes.

“I want a 3-point shot a game, minimum. … The mentality that he has where he’s turning corners and taking that long step, that gather step, and bringing his shoulders to the rim and trying to dunk or finish tight, will equal higher efficiency, or getting fouled. That’s the world that interests me the most. Those two things,” said Brown following the game.

Simmons made his second career three-pointer in a 141-91 blowout victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers, but Brown is looking for Simmons to be more aggressive. Simmons, who scored a career-high 34 points in the victory, will be tasked to remain confident in his outside shot and shoot even when the Sixers do not have a massive cushion.

“When I put on my coaching hat and I’m looking at a 23-year-old young man trying to grow his game, it’s completely, first, in his wheelhouse,” added Brown. “Secondly, he will be liberated. His world will open up. And I think, in many ways, so will ours.”

Simmons did not attempt a single shot from the perimeter in a 110-104 victory over the Toronto Raptors, but who knows, soon enough, we may see Simmons being a marksmen from long range.


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