With All-Star center Joel Embiid firmly in his prime, the Sixers may not be able to wait for Simmons to round out his offensive game.
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If Simmons doesn’t drastically improve over the offseason, the Sixers may find themselves staring down another early-than-expected exit from next year’s playoffs. “You can do the work all the time, but if it’s not done in the right way and the right type of work, you may not improve. After being here for a year, I really do believe we’ve identified what and how, and now we have to do the ‘do’ part. We have to work to do it. It’s not going to be an easy job. But it’s definitely a job that Ben can do.”
Regardless of how much work he puts in over the summer, Simmons isn’t likely to enter the 2021-22 season as a knockdown 3-point shooter.
If Simmons refines his post game and becomes more confident in his hook shot or adds a mid-range jumper or floater to the mix, his lack of 3-point shooting wouldn’t be as much of a liability.