It’s crazy how much controversy there’s been with the Brooklyn Nets this offseason. With Kevin Durant requesting a trade and putting out ultimatums and Kyrie Irving’s inability to not say something controversial, the New York City borough has been in the news the last two months.
Lost in the Brooklyn Nets drama is Ben Simmons. Hard to believe considering Simmons’ saga was the talk of the league for the first quarter of the season.
There’s a lot of things working for Simmons, he can get back into playing shape for the season with KD and Irving providing unintentional cover. It won’t be hard either, the 6-11, 26 year old fits perfectly with an offense filled with shooters dotting the three point.
You have Durant and Kyrie, but you also have Joe Harris, Patty Mills, and Seth Curry. Getting back into the flow of the game should seamless for Simmons, with the roster surrounding him, to get back to his all-star level will be learning how to play blackjack online or remembering how to ride a bike.
With three of the league’s most-feared three point shooters spacing the floor along with two of the best players in the league, it gives Ben Simmons multiple options when he grabs a rebounds, gets downhill and forces the defense to collapse.
Add to their roster a strong three and D guy in Royce O’Neal (who also shot .398 from three) and you add another versatile swingman that you can’t consistently leave open.
Ben Simmons Mental Health
The good news for Brooklyn Nets fans (and Ben Simmons) is that he seems to be in a much better place now.
Simmons recently say down with former teammate J.J. Redick on his Old Man and the Three podcast to provide color and detail to a lot of what happened last season between him and the Philadelphia 76ers including whether he left the team’s group chat, whether he brought a phone to practice, and whether he should have dunked the ball instead of passing it off in the now-infamous play against the Atlanta Hawks in the 2021 NBA Playoffs. All the components – including Doc Rivers — that contributed to the broken relationship with his former team.
Here’s a few clips from the podcast that goes over some of the more juicier moments from last season’s standoff in Philly.
Just because Simmons seems to be in a better headspace, that doesn’t mean he’s going to come in and start shooting ten threes a game. Redick and Simmons cover this on their podcast too. The good news is that because of how the Nets are currently constructed, Simmons shooting, or lack there of, will be much less of an issue with the Nets.
Ben Simmons is 0-0 FG in the 4th quarter of the last 4 games. pic.twitter.com/R6PcUkCqIR
— StatMuse (@statmuse) June 21, 2021
Another reason why we think Simmons is going to have a season of redemption is that he’s playing alongside Kevin Durant one of the top players in the league that is more than happy to take up shots and shoulder responsibility for the team’s shortcomings and successes. Yes, Simmons was paired with Embiid, but Durant is a perimeter player like Simmons. Embiid was a post player that, when double teamed, would need shooters to pass out to — something we are well-aware that Simmons is not. In fact Simmons just recently joked about taking shots away from Durant.
With Simmons 100% healthy, motivated, paired with other good defenders, and shooters on the offensive side, on paper that looks to be a recipe for success for a player with Simmons’ talents are.