There is no question that the Philadelphia 76ers are one of the most talented teams in the league right now. They have two of the brightest young stars in the league today in Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. They also have reliable veterans Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris. However, the team continues to be inconsistent this season. Although they have the third best record in the East, they have lost their last three games and are starting to crumble down heading into the playoffs.
NBA analyst Chris Broussard believes that one of the reasons why the Sixers are struggling is Simmons, who has been unable to develop a reliable jump shot despite being in the league for two years already. Broussard even went as far as calling the sophomore guard a liability for the Sixers.
For all his skills, Ben Simmons is a liability to the Sixers right now. That won't change until he develops at least some semblance of a jump shot. https://t.co/6KMtTSVJnx
— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) April 6, 2019
Although Simmons is putting up impressive numbers this season, averaging 17 points, 8.9 rebounds, 7.9 assists per game and shooting 56.2 percent shooting from the field. He hasn’t made a 3-pointer throughout his career, and in a league that’s focused on taking a lot of shots from beyond the arc, this is starting to become a problem for the Sixers.
But the Sixers will just have to deal with Simmons’ lack of mid-range game until the end of the season. Despite his struggles to make jumpers, he still helps the team in a lot of ways, and asking him to change his game late could cause more problems for the team. For now, the team will just have to work together to make up for their young star’s shortcomings.