Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons is one of the more talented and accomplished players in the league. His resume is very impressive for somebody who is only 25-years old as he is able to do it all out on the floor.
That is, except for one glaring weakness that continues to hold him back a bit.
Simmons has continued to show that he can knock down a variety of jump shots and 3-pointers in pickup games over the summer, but he still refuses to pull it out in a game and that is what’s so frustrating about him. He is already an elite player, but if he would just take a couple of jump shots and add to his offensive game, he would take the next step as a player.
Former Sixers big man Theo Ratliff joined Sirius XM NBA Radio to discuss Simmons and his struggles:
It’s more about Ben to me than anything because for you to be an All-Star, MVP-caliber player, all you have to do is develop a 10 foot jump shot. Even when when I played, we had Eric Snow, who was considered not to be a shooter, but he worked on his craft, enough to where Eric took some of the biggest shots we had in the in the game at points and made them. That only comes with practice and I just don’t get him just refusing to actually shoot a 10-foot jumper and being able to be consistent at that and being the type of player that he is.
At this point, Simmons and the Sixers are at a point of no return with Simmons asking for a trade. If he ever does develop a jump shot, it will be interesting to see how he takes that next step, but he, unfortunately, will not be doing that in Philadelphia.