Brett Brown praises Ben Simmons for being ‘amazingly unselfish’ in series against Raptors
Fans in Philadelphia want Sixers All-Star Ben Simmons to be more aggressive in terms of scoring the ball. While head coach Brett Brown would no doubt like to see that as well, he’s not going to overlook how unselfish his young point guard has been in the playoffs.
Brown, whose Sixers are tied with the Toronto Raptors at 2-2 in the second round, praised Simmons while speaking to reporters on Tuesday.
“I think that Ben has been amazingly unselfish in this series,” Brown said, via Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer. “So, when you talk about sacrifice and worth, go to him first. Go right to Ben Simmons first. I think he’s been great in the playoffs, defensively especially.”
Simmons averaged 17.2 points and 7.6 assists in the Sixers’ first round series win over the Brooklyn Nets. Against the Raptors, the reigning Rookie of the Year is down to 10.0 points and 4.8 assists.
As the floor general of the Sixers, Simmons has a lot of mouths to feed. He has to make sure Joel Embiid, Jimmy Butler, Tobias Harris and J.J. Redick all get their touches so they don’t get disengaged in the game.
Sometimes, though, Simmons is too unselfish. He needs to put his head down more and get to the basket and finish at the rim for the Sixers to win this series versus the Raptors.