What Can Be Expected From Ben Simmons For The 2017-18 Season?
After missing the entire 2016-17 due to a broken bone in his right foot the last day of training camp, Ben Simmons has been medically cleared to begin participating in full contact workouts. Simmons, who was the First Overall Pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, has only played in four NBA Summer League games since being drafted. The Sixers are expecting he will be fully ready to go for the 2017-18 season.
Chris Mannix of The Vertical and NBC Sports Radio joined Josh Hennig on Saturday and gave his projection for what to expect from Simmons' Rookie Season:
"(Simmons is) going to be terrific, I think he has superstar potential. What’s going to hold him back is what holds a lot of young guys back early on and that’s the jump shot. It's not very good from what I saw at Summer League and the way he played at Summer League he’s not going to be able to play at the NBA level. You cant make the type of in the lane passes that Ben Simmons was making that (the crowd loved) in the NBA, those will get knocked way and stolen. And there’s a pretty good chance his first year he commits a staggering number of turnovers; But this is all natural for a player coming out of college. I think that if he’s got the right work ethic his jump shot is going to improve and that skill level as he gets more comfortable on the floor is going to raise him up. I think he has a chance to really reinvent that point forward position.”
Checkout Mannix analysis of 2017 NBA Playoffs matchups along with his choices for the NBA MVP and Rookie of the Year awards