Ben Simmons Sets Dubious NBA Record With Woeful Playoff Shooting

His shooting struggles have reached a new low

by

At this point, it might be fair to ask whether Ben Simmons deserves to be a starting point guard.

Simmons and the top-seeded Philadelphia 76ers were eliminated from the NBA playoffs Sunday night by Trae Young and the fifth-seeded Atlanta Hawks. And Simmons, who scored just five points in the Game 7 loss, is facing criticism after an uninspiring postseason performance.

Never a good shooter, the 2016 first overall pick now is a player seemingly unwilling to shoot the basketball from anywhere, especially in crunch time.

Check out these numbers:

Now, Simmons’s shooting allergies would be somewhat palatable if he had other ways of scoring. Driving to the basket with his tall, athletic frame to draw fouls would be a solid strategy, right?

Well, yes, except Simmons flat-out stinks at the charity stripe. In fact, the 24-year-old set a dubious NBA record with his free-throw shooting this postseason.

Take a look at this tweet from ESPN Stats & Info:

Reminder: Simmons just finished the first season of a five-year, $170 million contract extension that annually pays him just north of $35 million.

So, what does the future hold for a max-contract point guard who just averaged 7.9 field goal attempts over 12 playoff games? Are his other skills (elite defense; great playmaking; solid rebounding) enough to make up for his deficiencies as a scorer?

That’s for the 76ers to decide. Head coach Doc Rivers seemed over the Simmons experience while speaking with reporters after Sunday’s game, but that hardly indicates a trade is inevitable. Plus, another team would have to be willing to pay through the nose for a player with potentially fatal flaws.

One thing is clear: Simmons needs to get in the gym this summer and put in serious work on his shooting.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady, former New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning
Previous Article

Eli Manning Pokes Fun At Tom Brady With Super Bowl Dad Joke

Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown and center Moses Brown
Next Article

Why NBA Writer Is ‘Really Excited’ About Celtics Adding Moses Brown

Picked For You