Ben Simmons tops league executives’ poll on sophomore studs
In an article by ESPN’s Tim Bontemps, Simmons, the survey, which was partaken by head coaches and front office officials, saw Simmons at the number one spot, followed by Utah Jazz’s Donovan Mitchell, Boston Celtics’ Jayson Tatum, and Sacramento Kings’ De’Aaron Fox.
Simmons, last season’s Rookie of the Year, is currently averaging 17.1 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 7.8 assists in 72 games for the Sixers this season. He’s instrumental in Philly being the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference, and he will once again be heavily relied on by the team as they gear up for the playoffs.
There are a lot of people who still believe that Simmons is the second coming of Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James. They seem to be pretty identical, especially with how well they can score and make plays for their teammates every single game. The only knock on Simmons’ game is his inability to shoot the ball. Yes, he’s a career 42 percent shooter, which is decent enough, but most of his shots are usually lay-ups or dunks.
But Simmons still has a long way to go. Remember, this is just technically his second year in the league, meaning he still has plenty of time to develop a consistent jumper, and once he does, he will immediately be in the conversation for the Most Valuable Player award.
Ben Simmons has already won the hearts of team officials without a consistent jumpshot. Imagine what will happen once he becomes a shooter.