Ray Allen on How Ben Simmons Can Improve His Shooting and Not Lose Confidence Amidst All The Criticism

Published 09/30/2021, 12:01 AM EDT
Feb 15, 2021; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (25) shoots over Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) in the third quarter at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Swinger-USA TODAY Sports


With NBA media day over, most teams are all settled in and heading to training camp. However, one organization that is yet to swallow an enormous loss is the Philadelphia 76ers. Their situation with Ben Simmons hasn’t gotten any better, and they will most likely lose the star.

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All this stems from his performances in the playoffs last season. While he did an amazing job on the defensive end, his performance on the offensive end generated widespread criticism. Since then, Simmons doesn’t feel like playing for the organization. However, even before last season came around, one of the major concerns surrounding Simmons was his poor shooting.

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

As a point guard in today’s game, you not only need to move the ball but also shoot it with efficiency. However, Simmons hasn’t gotten any better at his shooting. Now, one of the greatest shooters has some advice for him to improve his shooting and not lose his confidence.

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Ray Allen gives Ben Simmons some tips to improve his shooting

Ray Allen is one of the best shooters in NBA history. He has shot the most three-pointers in the league’s history, thanks to his shooting prowess. However, he claims that this wasn’t an ability he developed overnight. According to Allen, it was something he’d mastered before making his way to the league.

Similarly, he wants Ben Simmons to just work and understand his shot. He believes that all the criticism that came Simmons’ way must be enough fuel for him to work on his shot during the summer. Re-evolving is what Allen believes is key for Simmons to develop his shot.

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Allen said: “Ben is such a young player with such a huge upside. The thing I know about shooting is I remember a time when I couldn’t shoot. So from that time till I got to college and then from there on in, I understood what it was that I did. Going forward, that was just work at it, just figure out. So I knew I covered every angle I could on the court because I knew at some point there was going to be a position I was going to be in and I didn’t want that to be a weakness.”

To sum it up, Allen believes that Ben Simmons needs to adapt to today’s game and the key to that is putting in the work. Simmons needs to work his shots. This will allow him to regain his confidence. So the only thing that he can do is recognize his problems and then work on his shot.

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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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