Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons has taken a total of 19 NBA 3-pointers during the course of his career. Per NBA.com, Simmons has combined to shoot fewer than 20 shots from beyond the arc in all of his preseason, regular season, and postseason appearances thus far.
But now Simmons is a career 1-of-20 from three.
During Tuesday night’s preseason game against the Guangzhou Long-Lions, Simmons ended the first half by giving the fans exactly what they want — a 3-pointer, the first of his career.
It was an ecstatic moment for Sixers fans waiting for Simmons to finally make the leap and become some kind of shooting threat outside of the painted area. Philadelphia really needs Simmons to come into his own and at least develop a jumper at the free-throw line if they want their offense to have some kind of spacing in the absence of JJ Redick.
Is this the first of many Simmons threes to come? Better cross your fingers.