These lefty jumpers and righty runners are all from his first 12 regular-season games as a Sixer:
In that video, Simmons makes more midrange jump shots than he has in the previous three seasons.
In Game 3, when the Sixers were in control of the series, a timely cut and a well-spaced floor got him two of his 18 points:
Philadelphia didn’t need jumpers from Simmons, but it did need more of that. If the Sixers rush to move Simmons and get less weird there’s a good chance they’ll lose more games. What exactly do you expect from Harris in isolation with Simmons and Howard on the opposite side?
Howard was a mess, particularly in Game 7, and Rivers elected not to try the Simmons-at-5 look.