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NBA: Ben Simmons Earned His Spot As The 9th Best Guard In The League

by | Posted on: August 23rd, 2021 | No Comments | Sports

The star guard of the Philadelphia 76ers, Ben Simmons, is arguably one of the most heavily criticized players in the league. But, the first pick of the 2016 NBA Draft brings many cards to the table. The six-foot-ten point guard can drive to the rim and can make beautiful passes to a teammate. He is one of the reasons why the sixers are contenders for the past several years.

On the contrary, Simmons’ lack of shooting skills is one of the reasons why the sixers cannot elevate to compete on a higher level. Simmons does not take shots outside the paint very often and does not have an efficient percentage on the charity stripe, which could decrease his level of aggressiveness when driving towards the rim.

“But still, Simmons is still one of the best players in the league despite lacking skill in terms of shooting. He was named All-Defensive First Team for the second time in two seasons and has an All-NBA Team appearance.

HoopsHype compiled a list of the top point guards of the league, and they ranked Simmons 9th best:

“It’s clear Simmons is severely lacking in confidence at the moment, and it should come as no surprise that that very ugly moment came at the end of a 2020-21 season that saw the Australian southpaw put up the lowest points, rebounds, and assist averages of his career.

The advanced analytics almost all say the same, with 2020-21 being rated by various metrics as the least impactful of Simmons four-year career so far.

Even so, Simmons remains a solid playmaker, a downright terror in transition, and finished second in Defensive Player of the Year voting last season, so even at his lowest, he was still an All-Star in 2020-21, hence his positioning in our rankings.”

Simmons should develop a deadly jump shot to upgrade his game to the next level while he is in Philadelphia or on another team.”