Despite the protestations of extremely vocal naysayers, Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers is one of the best young players in the NBA. At only 23 years old, Simmons is an extremely decorated young player with a Rookie of the Year award under his belt as well as an All-Star appearance in his second season with the Sixers.
As one of the cornerstones of one of the major contenders in the Eastern Conference next season, Simmons’s star is expected to only rise next year.
Of course, the major qualm with Simmons is his inability – and unwillingness – to take jump shots, whether they be two-pointers or three-pointers. Though Simmons scores readily around the basket due to his wild speed, bouncy athleticism and general feel around the rim, many fans – both casual and hardcore – believe Simmons will never reach his full potential unless he is able to splash jumpers with ease.
One such proponent of that theory is NBA 2K20 Gameplay Producer Scott O’Gallagher, who was interviewed in the Brisbane Times by Roy Ward about native Australian Ben Simmons’s jumper (or lack thereof):
“The only thing holding him back is his shot,” O’Gallagher said in Ward’s story. “If he had a good jumper from 15 feet he would break our game. How would you guard him? I’m excited to see where his game goes.”
In this context, O’Gallagher is mainly speaking about the amount of time and effort reprogramming NBA 2K20 would take in order to represent Simmons’s improved shooting.
Either way, there’s no question that Simmons taking (and making) jump-shots would irrevocably change the NBA, as well as its ancillary concerns like the NBA 2K franchise.