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Ben Simmons Decided to Seek Out Psychologist, to Shoot More Threes

This is a whole new game, especially for one Ben Simmons.

The Philadelphia 76ers All-Stars has appeared to be more aggressive in his short time in the bubble, actively looking to shoot more, especially from beyond the arc. Per head coach Brett Brown, Simmons has made an “internal decision” to shoot more three-pointers and revamp his style of play.

“I feel like his spirit, his mindset coming down here, him willingly finding space and finding 3s, that has been a paradigm shift. That has been an attitudinal change, a philosophical, internal decision that he has made, because I have just seen a player that is cocky and just playing and when the game says you should shoot because nobody is on you, he does, and he doesn’t blink and his teammates love it and so does his head coach,” said Brown.

Already an elite facilitator with the ability to attack the rim at will, Simmons has decided to give shooting a try in the Sixers 90-83 win in a scrimmage game over the Memphis Grizzlies. Simmons went 1-2 from long range and his shot seemed both fluid and mechanically sound. He also appears more confident since he was “moved” to the power forward spot in the Sixers’ lineup.

“I can guard 1-5, I can play everywhere, but catching in those positions, I love those spots. I work on those spots, and my footwork there. I just got to keep working and taking what’s given to us.”

Simmons took it upon himself to seek out help during the quarantine and it seems to have paid great dividends. While this was nothing more than a meaningless scrimmage game, Simmons’ willingness to shoot should be a great sign for the Sixers.

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