Ben Simmons took the NBA by storm in his rookie season and proved why the Philadelphia 76ers took him with the number one pick in 2016.
The Aussie made a huge impact on the Sixers as he helped to lead them back into the playoffs for the first time since 2012.
The 22-year-old was a triple-double threat every time he stepped out on the floor.
He averaged an impressive 15.8 points, 8.1 rebounds and 8.2 assists in 81 games.
Playing at the point guard position, everything went through the youngster and he excelled as the team’s floor general.
Addressing his weakness
Simmons has almost everything in his game to become one of the best players in the league and a true superstar.
But there is one obvious flaw that he needs to address in order to take that next step and be considered among the elite.
The former LSU product has been criticised for lacking a jump shot and he failed to attempt a single three-pointer throughout his debut campaign.
He recently acknowledged that he’ll need to develop one to reach his goals of becoming an All-Star and competing for MVP honours.
“It just depends where I wanna be later in life,” Simmons told Fox Sports.
“I can be satisfied with 15, eight, and eight, or if I wanna be at that next level and be an All-Star, then I add something to my game.”
It now seems that the Rookie of the Year is indeed looking to reach new heights by working on his jumper.
He uploaded a video on his Instagram story knocking down shots with regularity which will excite 76ers fans.
His stroke looked good as he connected on a couple of turnaround jumpers.
In another video that surfaced on social media, Simmons was seen absolutely dominating a pickup game as he showed off his full repertoire of skills.
The 6’10” ball handler was throwing down monster dunks, dishing fancy assists and hitting shots.
Simmons is clearly in the mood for the new season to start as he hopes to achieve great things with Philadelphia.
He looked scary and if he’s able to add a jump shot to his game, it’ll be a worry for the rest of the league.
Sixers head coach Brett Brown did say that the team’s shooting coach will be working intensely with the Melbourne-born star to refine his shot this summer and it already looks to be having the desired effect.
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