Simmons tried to lower the expectations set on him by saying that his game “is not going to change in a day” now that he can shoot 3-pointers. While he pointed out his game is developing, he emphasized that he will still stick to what he does best.
“I know what I’m good at,” Simmons said, via Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer. “I know what I’m great at. There’s thing I need to work on, but my game is not going to change in a day.
“I’m not going to come out and be shooting lights-out like [Golden State’s] Klay [Thompson] and Steph [Curry] or guys like them. My game is developing, and I work hard.”
Simmons has never made a 3-point shot in his NBA career, going 0-of-17 in his first two playing seasons in the league. His shot is so unreliable that teams are more than happy to sag off him on the 3-point line and clog the paint.
This offseason, however, Simmons worked on his jumpshot, and it seems to be paying off. In a preseason showdown against the Guangzhou Loong Lions, Simmons made his first 3-pointer in the NBA.
Simmons is correct that his game will not change overnight, but the fact that he can shoot threes now will put opposing defenses on alert. That is more than enough to give the Sixers a slight advantage.