Ben Simmons still has much to improve on in terms of developing his jump shot, but he’s recently shown that he’s perhaps becoming more confident in it.
During the Philadelphia 76ers’ Christmas Day game against the Boston Celtics, Simmons made a 22-foot jump shot, the longest of his career. The thing is, though, he’s still getting buckets without shooting many jumpers.
But at the same time, he needs to take more jump shots to force defenses to guard him on the perimeter.
Simmons notched his fifth triple-double of the season Thursday night against the Utah Jazz, as the Sixers won 114-97 to take their first game of a four-game West Coast road trip. Simmons finished with 13 points, 14 rebounds and 12 assists.
He has had three of his triple-doubles in December, a month where he’s averaged 17.0 points, 10.9 rebounds and 8.3 assists per game. This month has been Simmons’ best stretch this season. He’s shown the full scope of his game, and he arguably had his best game of the season so far when he scored a season-high 26 points against the Toronto Raptors on Dec. 22.
Simmons had a decent shooting night against the Jazz, shooting 46.2 percent from the field. Almost 60 percent of Simmons’ shots come 0-3 feet away from the basket, and 7.7 percent of his shots come 10-16 feet away from the hoop.
He made a turnaround jumper 15 feet away from the bucket against Thabo Sefolosha during the fourth quarter, and that’s a positive sign for both him and the Sixers.
Simmons can work on shooting 3-pointers; it’s good he is, and he got up a good portion during the shootaround before the game against the Jazz. But the reigning NBA Rookie of the Year is still primarily most effective in the paint.
If Simmons takes more turnaround jumpers, that can be a huge asset to him. With his 6-foot-10 frame, he’s able to get position in the post easily. Turnaround jumpers in the mid-post have seemed to be something that can be part of his arsenal, too.
He took a turnaround jumper against Raptors guard Norman Powell during the 26-point game. His jumper against the Celtics was farther away, but it was a turnaround shot as well.