Simmons is one of the best players in the NBA, but he has no resemblance of a jumper. The Sixers are hoping Cassell can help the All-Star become a better shooter.
Ben Simmons says he’s been working on his mid range game and corner threes with Sam Cassell this offseason #Sixers
— Justin Grasso (@JGrasso_) December 7, 2020
Ben Simmons has made just two 3-pointers in the NBA with the Sixers. He's 2-of-24.
For the Sixers to win a championship with Simmons and Joel Embiid, the former Rookie of the Year must develop at least a mid-range jump shot so teams don't pack the paint against him and dare him to shoot.
When Simmons is on the floor, Embiid doesn't have space to operate in the post.
The Sixers hired former Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers after firing Brett Brown. Former Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey also joined the franchise as the team's new president of basketball operations.
Simmons or Embiid will get traded after this season if the Sixers don't go on a deep playoff run. Morey is one of the most aggressive execs in NBA history and won't be afraid to make drastic changes in Philly.
Last season, Simmons averaged 16.4 points, 7.8 rebounds and 8.0 assists per game for the 76ers. The team got swept by the Boston Celtics in the first round of the 2020 playoffs at Walt Disney World in the NBA bubble. Simmons didn't play due to a knee injury that required surgery.