Ben Simmons scored at least 20 points for the 24th time this season

Ben Simmons couldn’t be stopped from getting to the hoop against the Charlotte Hornets on Tuesday night.

In the Philadelphia 76ers’ 118-114 win over the Hornets, Simmons scored 20 points or more for the 24th time this season, per Sixers Stats. He led the team with 28 points, and he shot 11-of-12 from the field.

On one possession, he had to split between Nicolas Batum and Kemba Walker, and that was no problem. Other times he simply got to the bucket with ease, as the Hornets didn’t apply much pressure against him on the perimeter.

For a player who hasn’t made a 3-pointer in his career, for a player who has shot 56.5 percent of his shots from within three feet of the hoop this season, Simmons knows how to get buckets.

Simmons, who was a first-time All-Star this season, has averaged 17 points per game — and he’s done so without having a reliable jumper. The shots he was able to get against the Hornets show how crafty he is in getting to the rim, and not just on account of his 6-foot-10 frame.

Simmons doesn’t have the best handles in the world, but he does know how to use his dribble effectively. In the video that showed him splitting the double team, Simmons did well catching Batum and Walker off guard with his explosion through the double team.

As he came near the wing, Simmons hesitated a bit, and as JJ Redick commanded some attention, he bursted through the lane for an easy dunk. Though he;s not an all-world dribbler, Simmons being an above-average ball handler allows him to drive into the lane and score easily.

The only shot Simmons took outside the paint was a turnaround jumper he made in the mid post. Simmons has shown promise shooting around the mid post this season, as he’s used his size well to create space for shots.

In the previous six games before Tuesday’s game, Simmons was averaging 16.7 points per game and 7.5 assists per game. With the playoffs about a month away, having Simmons continue to produce offensively will be key for the Sixers’ success.

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