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Steven Nash calls Ben Simmons a generational talent

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At this point in his career, there is very little doubt that Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons will go down in history as one of the best players to have ever dawned the Sixers uniform. One individual who seems to agree with this notion is none other than former back-to-back MVP winner and basketball Hall of Famer Steve Nash.

According to Nash, he considers the Sixers star to be a once in a generation type of talent.

“Ben is a generational talent. Crazy athlete. He can play multiple positions on offense and defense,” Nash said, via ESPN.

That’s some high praise from one of the best playmakers this sport has ever seen. Nash went on to pinpoint Simmons’ Achilles heel, but also said that the 23-year-old is able to offset this weakness through his elite talent.

“Obviously, his glaring weakness is his shooting, but he is so gifted that he can make up for it in other ways, and it’s about finding a way for him to be at his best in this group and that’s a challenge in this club — how all the pieces fit together,” said Nash.

Simmons has been outstanding in his first couple of seasons with Philadelphia, but it can be said that to some degree, he has not exactly leveled up his game this term. Currently, the former first overall pick is averaging a career-low 15.5 points (on 56.8 percent shooting), 7.7 rebounds, 8.4 assists, 2.1 steals, and 0.6 blocks in 35.9 minutes per contest. These are still some very impressive numbers, but the fact that they have somewhat stagnated compared to his previous two seasons may point to the fact that Simmons has yet to take the next step in his development into a bona fide NBA superstar.