Brooklyn coach Jacque Vaughn has conceded getting Ben Simmons to work on this current roster, without stars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving to draw attention away from him, will be difficult.
It was hoped Simmons would better complement the superstar pair when he was traded over from Philadelphia in a swap for James Harden last year.
It never quite worked out as Brooklyn hoped and now with Durant in Phoenix and Irving in Dallas, the Nets are back where they were before this second superstar era – trying to generate a positive atmosphere with young talent and hoping to strike gold in the draft.
Watch an average of 9 LIVE NBA Regular Season games per week on ESPN on Kayo Sports on ESPN on Kayo Sports. New to Kayo? Start your free trial now >
That’s not ideal for Simmons, a unique chess piece who has some tremendous traits such as his defence, but obvious…