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Sixers coach Brett Brown reveals the three ‘most important’ things he wants from Ben Simmons

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Philadelphia 76ers All-Star Ben Simmons still isn’t shooting jump shots, and fans and pundits of the Sixers believe that is going to hurt the team in the playoffs. However, head coach Brett Brown is focusing on three other aspects of Simmons’ game he wants the lefty to excel in.

Brown says being an elite finisher at the rim, developing into a reliable free throw shooter and becoming an All-NBA defender are the “three things that are most important to me” when it comes to Simmons.

“I think by and large, he does a lot of things that people don’t either understand or see or it is in a metric,” Brown said, via Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer. “From Day 1, I’ve said I want him to continue to be an elite finisher. I want him to be a reliable 75% free throw shooter. And I want you to feature on an All-Defensive team.

“I haven’t blinked from those three things that are most important to me.”

Simmons worked on his jump shot over the summer, but he hasn’t attempted a 3-pointer this season. The Sixers’ floor general is once again taking most of his shots at the rim. In fact, 62 of his 116 shot attempts have come at the rim, while 48 have come between 3 and 10 feet.

In 11 games this season for the Sixers, Simmons is averaging 13.7 points, 6.0 rebounds and 7.1 assists. Only time will tell if the former No. 1 overall pick ever gains the confidence to shoot a 3-pointer in a game.