Embiid on Simmons: “For us to Win we are Going to Need Him to Shoot”
Sixers fans all over the Delaware Valley have been asking for Ben Simmons to shoot, apparently they aren't the only people who want to see the All-Star shoot.
Speaking after the Sixers win in Cleveland, Sixers center Joel Embiid said that he and others have encouraged Simmons to shoot the ball, an admitted that if the Sixers are going to win, they will need Simmons to eventually shoot.
“Yeah of course, everybody does. We have been encouraging him since he has been here, but you u know, that is him. He is comfortable playing certain ways. For us to win we are going to need him to shoot, but you know I am fine with him playing his game, not forcing anything. But hopefully, at some point. I am sure he is going to pick it up,” Embiid said. “But he is fine, he is doing a great job of being a point guard, not forcing anything. So I am fine letting him grow into himself and not force anything. I mean, I know a lot of people want him to shoot, shoot, shoot, but if he is not comfortable, he shouldn’t do it. We have a lot of scorers on the team, so we are going to figure it out.”
After seeing multiple videos this offseason, and even seeing Simmons take and make a three-point shot in a preseason game this year, he still hasn't even attempted a three-point shot, 13 games into the 2019-20 season.
Overall, Simmons numbers are down this season, he is averaging 13.7 points, 7.1 assists, and 6.0 rebounds.