American Sportswriter Has a Surprising Update on Ben Simmons’ Future Plans

Published 06/21/2021, 10:27 PM EDT
Apr 26, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (25) saves a ball headed out of bounds during the first quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports | Courtesy: Reuters


The Sixers finished at the top of the EC with an impressive 49-23 record. If anything, at least their conference final berth was a surety after that dominant regular season show. But reality hit and the playoff pressure exposed their underlying flaws. Ben Simmons became the face behind their shocking elimination in Round 2 and that too against a #5 seed.

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That an MVP front runner could not save the Sixers from an early upset had everything to do with Ben’s failure. It was as if the Peacemaker was functioning under tremendous pressure, even against the home crowd of Philly. So what’s next for the star?

The Sixers point guard might need a ‘hand of God’

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Ben Simmons has never been a very effective free throw shooter, but he hit a new low in the playoffs in 2021. The star registered a league-worst postseason FT% of 34.2 (on 70+ attempts). This meant him missing two of every three FT attempts and that cost the Sixers some crucial points.

Now, according to Brian Windhorst, the Melbourne native might consider switching his dominant hand to regain the lost momentum. As tough as it sounds, the man will have to challenge his muscle memory and use body mechanics to the optimum level in order to pull off something like that.

In their respective post-game conferences, both Doc Rivers and Joel Embiid looked disappointed in Ben. Hence, it becomes all the more important for him to try something new and come back stronger than ever. 

Arguably, Ben must be happy that he did not win DPOY because his postseason performance would reflect poorly on the accolade.

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Ben Simmons and his comeback diaries

The 24-YO Ben came to Philadelphia in 2016 as a promising talent. His rookie year was washed out because of a foot injury but the youngster made a solid comeback in 2017-18 with a season average of almost 16 ppg. Two years later, he was a regular name on the All-Star list and also became the 2019-20 Steal Champion. With that resume, the hopes were high that he’d do even better with the much stronger squad of 2020-21. But that was far from the reality.

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The Big Ben averaged a career-low 14.3 points in the regular season and followed it with a dismal playoff performance. As a result, the Australian will miss out on playing in what could have been his debut in the Summer Olympics.

But that looks like a very wise decision given that the star is running out of luck. The Aussies would not want to pit him against the likes of Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, Devin Booker, and other legends to further dampen his confidence. 

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Sourabh Singh

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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