Miami Heat: Ben Simmons Might Not Actually Have To Shoot In Brooklyn Either
The Brooklyn Nets might not necessarily improve on paper, but Ben Simmons would help with some of their biggest weaknesses. James Harden is obviously far more talented than Simmons.
However, the Nets have enough star power where it wouldn’t necessarily matter if he was traded. A trio of Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and Ben Simmons is more than enough to win a championship.
Plus, it is possible someone else is involved in the trade, like Tobias Harris, who is an underrated great player that is averaging about 19 points per game.
The biggest thing Simmons would provide to this team is defense. The Nets have been incredible offensively, but not so much defensively.
As one of the best defenders in the league, Ben Simmons can effectively guard any position. He would tremendously support their defensive effort, limiting their weaknesses.
Another weaker part of the Nets this year has been their lack of three-point shooting compared to the previous year. That has been caused, in part, due to the absence of their main sharpshooter, Joe Harris.
Another reason is a lack of continuity due to playmakers coming in and out of the lineup. Ben Simmons can fix those problems.
No one is better at generating three-pointers for teammates than Ben Simmons. The biggest critiques of Simmons are his lack of his own jump shooting prowess and his reluctance to shoot when necessary.
First, we haven’t seen him this year, so we do not know whether or not he has improved in any of these areas. He certainly has the potential to improve.
Even if he has not improved in either of these perceived flaws in his game, it might actually benefit the Nets. If Simmons does not want to shoot, he would be deferring to Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, both of whom are incredibly efficient shooters that can take over in the clutch.