Ben Simmons believes his 3-point shot is 'going to come'

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Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons hasn’t shot many threes in his career, but he’s not concerned about it. Simmons believes his 3-point shot is “going to come,” according to Jackie MacMullan of ESPN.

When will that happen? Whenever Simmons feels he’s gotten enough reps.

"I know it's going to come," Simmons says. "It's a matter of me being comfortable doing it. Some of that is getting the reps in. I can take a hook shot from the elbow, because I've done it so many times, I'm confident it will go in. It's second nature.

"With threes, it's never been like that. I've got to make it a point of emphasis. I could be one of those guys shooting 30 percent right now. But I'd rather be one of those guys shooting 40 percent."

As the 23-year-old Simmons explains, he could shoot a bunch of threes right now, but he wants to be a high-percentage guy. Once he feels he can hit threes at that level, he’ll incorporate the 3-pointer into his game.

While Simmons has been a fantastic player early in his career, he’s been heavily criticized for his inability to shoot from beyond the arc. Simmons has attempted a few threes throughout his career, though many have been desperation heaves. It wasn’t until November 2019 that Simmons hit his first 3-point shot during a game.

Simmons’ unwillingness to pull up from long range hasn’t prevented him from being great, but it has impacted how other teams have treated him. One Western Conference coach told MacMullan his team would continue giving those shots to Simmons until Simmons proves he can hit them.

As MacMullan’s article suggests, Simmons is well aware of the issue, and has been for a few seasons. Coaches, teammates and Simmons’ friends have all encouraged him to take more 3-pointers, but Simmons has been hesitant to do so.

Because of that, it’s going to be up to Simmons to decide when he’s ready. He can say all the right things about pulling up from 3-point land, but Simmons will have to start consistently doing it in games if he wants people to believe him.

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