Ben Simmons is one of the most talented rookie’s the NBA has ever seen. But, with a lack of desire to even attempt mid-range or three-point shots during games, Simmons’ ceiling may be near.
Kobe Bryant recently said in an interview with Chris and Caron show on Fox Sports Radio, that Simmons must rebuild his jump shot from the ground up to become a threat outside of the paint. It is obvious Simmons is reluctant to shoot three-pointer as he attempted just 11 in his rookie season, missing all of them.
“Just aesthetically I would say build that thing anew (laughs),” Bryant said. “I don’t think the game came down to that though.”
Bryant’s comment comes after Simmons shot just 0-of-4 from the field in Game 2 of the second round against Boston. Though Simmons bounced back in Game 3 with 16 points on 8-of-14 shooting, it was obvious the Rookie of the Year frontrunner wasn’t confident in his jumper.
Ben Simmons is just 21-years-old and has plenty of time to correct his shot, but Bryant is right—his shot must re-built so he can bring his game to the next level. Simmons is already great and broke numerous rookie records, but a consistent jumper that defenders must guard will do the trick.
Based on Simmons’ shot chart from throughout the first round and a half of the 2018 NBA Playoffs, it shows he scores most of his point in the paint and struggles from beyond.:
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