Kobe Bryant finished his career as one of the most lethal scorers in NBA history and he believes Ben Simmons has to make some changes if he is going to improve his impact on the offensive end.
While Simmons has impressed in his rookie campaign with his playmaking, athleticism, scoring, passing and defence, his lack of mid-range shooting and even more so three-point shooting has been the one area brought into question.
In an appearance on the Chris and Caron show on Fox Sports Radio , the Lakers legend suggested that Simmons must rebuild the mechanics of his jump shot entirely, in order to become a threat from outside the paint.
“Just aesthetically I would say build that thing anew,” Bryant said. I don’t think the game came down to that though.”
Simmons finished Game 2 with just one point and was reluctant to shoot the ball as the Celtics defence zeroed in on him. He bounced back in Game 3 with 16 points on 8-of-14 shooting from the field.
The Celtics have been sagging off the Rookie of the Year contender all series and daring him to shoot, which has caused the Sixers offence to get clogged up inside.
As you can see from Simmons’ playoff shot chart, the Aussie’s scoring has been mostly at the rim.
The good news for Sixers fans is that Simmons is just 21 years old and in his first season in the league, so there’s plenty of time and room for his game to grow.