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Brett Brown says Ben Simmons will ‘never’ consider shooting right-handed

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A lot has been said about the left-handed shot of Sixers star Ben Simmons. Some have suggested that he could try shooting right-handed, but head coach Brett Brown says the former No. 1 overall pick will “never” consider that option.

“That’s never going to happen,” Brett Brown said via ESPN. “He would look at you cross-eyed [if you asked]. It’s just never going to happen, and it shouldn’t happen.

“When he starts getting older, you’re going to start seeing him hit some 3s, and that question will be sort of put into the, ‘Are you serious?’ basket that it deserves to be put in.”

Speaking of three-point shooting… critics like to speak out against Simmons’ unwillingness to shoot from the perimeter. This season might be different, though, as he’s been working on his outside shot quite a bit during practice. It’s still left-handed, which is fine, but it’s not clear how many he’ll hoist in an actual game setting.

Simmons has established himself as one of the best young players in the NBA. The 23-year-old made 79 appearances with the Sixers last season, racking up averages of 16.9 points on 56.3 percent shooting from the field, 8.8 rebounds, 7.7 assists, 1.4 steals and just under one block (0.8) in 34.2 minutes per outing. Without a doubt, he’ll be looking to build even more in this campaign.

The Sixers kick off the 2019-20 regular season on Wednesday night with a matchup against the Boston Celtics. Tip-off inside the Wells Fargo Center is set for 7:30 p.m. ET, with ESPN having live broadcast coverage.