Since the day Jacque Vaughn took over the Nets, they’ve been as good as any team in the league.
And from that moment on, Ben Simmons has in his way been as impactful as any player on the roster.
The Nets are 22-7 since Vaughn replaced Steve Nash on Nov. 1. And while the scoring of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving has led the way offensively, Simmons’ contributions — free throws aside — have been understated and underrated.
But not unnoticed.
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His net rating of plus-11.1 under Vaughn is the best on the team. After shaking off an early-season malaise, Simmons has looked more assured and more explosive.
“It’s both,” Simmons said. “As time goes on, just adjusting, learning how to play with these guys,…