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After blowing a 26-point lead in game 5 to the Atlanta Hawks, the 76ers have a glaring weakness: Ben Simmons and his free throw shooting. There’s a big difference between being sub-par at the charity stripe and not even a professional basketball player. Simmons is letting this organization down on the biggest stage, so it’s time for management to finally do it:
Philadelphia should trade Ben Simmons this off-season.
Free throws missed, 2020 playoffs:— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) June 17, 2021
Ben Simmons, 45
Atlanta Hawks, 35
Phoenix Suns, 29
Brooklyn Nets, 22
Simmons is also the first player this season – regular or playoffs – to miss 10 in a game, after going 4 for 14 tonight.
As you can see, Simmons has missed more free throws (45) than any team remaining in the playoffs. That is a complete joke and what makes matters worse is that Simmons is a point guard. We’ve seen “hack-a-shaq” centers get exposed at the free throw line, but never a ball-dominant point guard.
And what better time is there to move Ben Simmons than now? He was just named to the All-NBA defensive first team. Simmons is a great player other than the fact that he can’t put the ball in the hoop, and that becomes a problem this time of year — like every year.
His running mate, Joel Embiid, showed out last night with 25 first half points which he followed up with an exhausted let down of a second half. That’s on Ben Simmons. When you land a five-year, $177 million max deal extension, you better be able to score the ball. If not, did anyone think it sufficed to have one of the highest paid players on the team not be able to shoot free throws? It’s unacceptable and if the Sixers want to win an NBA championship, well, that can’t be the case.
Check the common denominators
Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, and that’s about it. Two different head coaches the last four seasons with roster overhauls each and every year. Spacing and a lack of shooting has been the Sixers’ demise four straight seasons, so will GM Daryl Morey make the move? He should because if he waits any longer, Simmons won’t be worth a hoot to any team.
I actually can’t imagine he’d be worth much now, either. It’s still better to rip the bandaid off now.
Ben Simmons hit two free throws and the crowd was HYPED 💀 pic.twitter.com/UMCPlBGH4P— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) June 17, 2021
These type of videos are funny, but come on. A championship team’s second best player is being cheered on like that niece you took off work for that sucked? Figure it out, Daryl Morey. Simmons has got to go.