Is it time to start worrying about Ben Simmons?
The Aussie filled up the box score in the Nets’ loss to Boston this week – Brooklyn’s first game without the injured Kevin Durant – racking up nine rebounds, 13 assists, a block and two steals.
He also helped keep Celtics superstar Jayson Tatum to just 20 points, while the Nets outscored Boston by 10 points while Simmons was on the floor.
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The issue? Simmons went scoreless over on a 0-of-3 shooting effort.
Overall, Simmons is still atypically impacting games in a variety of ways, and crucially, is still among the NBA’s best defenders. But his offensive game has completely dried up – averaging 7.5 points per game – less than half his scoring career…