Kendrick Perkins Explains How Ben Simmons Is Similar to Draymond Green

Published 09/23/2021, 12:00 AM EDT
Jan 25, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (25) shoots in the second half against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports


The city of Philadelphia is growing furious each day as the situation with Ben Simmons keeps getting worse. After the playoffs last season, he made it clear that he wants a move away from the city. And recent reports even suggest that he is willing to go to any lengths to make it happen.

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The point guard did not enjoy his playoff experience last season. He received a lot of hate and criticism as he went cold on the offensive end. Simmons averaged just 11.9 points per game for them, which was a downgrade from his regular season. While he may have been fallen off offensively, his defensive presence was still there.

Jun 18, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (25) drives to the basket against Atlanta Hawks forward John Collins (20) during the first half in game six in the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

He was one of the best defensive players in the league last season. Moreover, his playmaking skills exceed many of his fellow peers. Hence, when Kendrick Perkins spoke about Simmons, he compared him to Warriors’ Draymond Green.

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Perkins says Ben Simmons and Green are the same player

While on The Jump, Perkins said his piece about the two stars. While speaking of Simmons and Green, he said that the two are almost identical in the way they play. However, he gave Simmons the upper hand, calling him a more athletic version of Draymond.

In a recent tweet, he explained the comparisons that he made on the show. Perkins mentions how both of them are pass-first guys who push the ball up the court. In addition, he said that they don’t necessarily look to score and are elite defenders capable of guarding all five positions.

Looking at these comparisons, a common ground can surely be dug. Green is a much more experienced player as compared to Simmons. He has been with Curry and Klay since his rookie year, so he knows their playstyle inside out. This allows him to make plays accordingly while being an excellent defender.

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On the other hand, Simmons is still a blooming player in the league. Having such a big frame playing guard, it automatically gives him an advantage over smaller guards. This allows his defensive prowess to shine through, Moreover, he is also a dominating presence in the paint.

Jun 18, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (25) shoots against Atlanta Hawks center Clint Capela (15) during the first quarter in game six in the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

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Hence, the comparisons between the two stars seem just.

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Do you think Simmons can play alongside Green next season? Let us know in the comments below.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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