Ben Simmons analysis, 2019: The Point Big Man

  • Published: 20 January 2019
  • Ben Simmons' shooting is a limiting factor in his game, but how good can he still be without an outside shot? How does he stack up as a defender or passer? This detailed film breakdown & scouting report examines the strengths and weaknesses of the Philadelphia 76ers second-year forward while incorporating analytics & stats to asses his overall impact.

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    Ben Taylor is the author of Thinking Basketball, a Nylon Calculus contributor, creator of the Backpicks Top 40 series & host of the Thinking Basketball podcast.

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  • SvendBosanvovski
    SvendBosanvovski  1 days back

    He does what he does, and does it brilliantly. If he tried to change his natural game, he might end up in no man's land. Obviously he can leave the 3 pointers to others.

    • Arne Cruz
      Arne Cruz  6 days back

      He needs to improve his free throws, that is a must.

      • Gavin Kitchens
        Gavin Kitchens  2 weeks back

        Anyone else love to play against philly on 2k cause they know the cpu will make him shoot jumpers

        • Rafi Chowdhury
          Rafi Chowdhury  2 weeks back

          Yes, he does

          • Allen Lin
            Allen Lin  2 weeks back

            trust me , Ben Simmons can not use Right Hand Dribbling bounces more than two times

            • Brent Ralph Bautista
              Brent Ralph Bautista  3 weeks back

              Why can't he just shoot with his right hand? After all, he's actually right handed.

              • Danny DangGang
                Danny DangGang  3 weeks back

                If he does that 76ers get conference titles. I'm not a fan of them but I know Ben is great. But him with a good jump shot means he's the perfect all around player as a 6'10" point guard

                • Balls Deep
                  Balls Deep  3 weeks back

                  Simmonds really is something else.. He uses left hand to shoot but his form is perfect for the right handed players... And we are talking about nro:1 draft pick of the whole draft class..🙈😅 He really might be using the wrong arm..🤦‍♂️

                  • Axel DeOcampo
                    Axel DeOcampo  3 weeks back

                    0:07 "Reigning Rookie of the Year Ben Simmons"

                    Me: Suprised Pikachu face

                    • MrDfromjersey
                      MrDfromjersey  3 weeks back

                      Kid just needs to hit free throws at like 75-80% and he’d help the sixers ten fold

                      • Jason Jensen
                        Jason Jensen  4 weeks back

                        Jump Shot? How about just stand there and sink a Free Throw like you're in the NBA? LMAO

                        • Isaiah Halupa
                          Isaiah Halupa  4 weeks back

                          That is MOMMY! ( comment seen below)

                          • Isaiah Halupa
                            Isaiah Halupa  4 weeks back

                            I sure do love you!

                            • Gucci Jay
                              Gucci Jay  4 weeks back

                              What kind of question is this??? Of course he need that lol
                              The league now is everyone shooting 3s

                              • Gucci Jay
                                Gucci Jay  3 weeks back

                                @Ala Potato he still need shoot 3s whatever he doing shooting 3s are important trust me

                              • Ala Potato
                                Ala Potato  3 weeks back

                                Gucci Jay if everyone is shooting 3s. defenders would defend the perimeter. so it would be open in the inside. so simmons can just run into the paint and no one would defend him because everyone is defending the perimeter

                            • Höher wertiger
                              Höher wertiger  4 weeks back

                              do we really need basketball?

                              • 陈俊峰
                                陈俊峰  4 weeks back

                                With jumper he is at least Steve Nash level,2 time mvp.Without jumper he is at most Rajon Rondo level.

                                • Ian Young
                                  Ian Young  4 weeks back

                                  People are obsessed with him becoming Lebron 2.0 if he gets a jump shot. It's more like he could be a Tim Duncan on steroids with those longer Bank shots.

                                  • wayne conway
                                    wayne conway  1 months back

                                    I think when they were handing out position instructions, Ben Simmons and Nicola Jokic's envelopes went to the wrong houses.

                                    • Tom Van Meel
                                      Tom Van Meel  1 months back

                                      Yes, he does.

                                      • James Z
                                        James Z  1 months back

                                        So fair to say he is somewhere between/a mix of a prime Lamar Odom and rondo?

                                        • Benjamin Franklin
                                          Benjamin Franklin  1 months back

                                          James Z Not a bad comparison..... the difference is neither of them were afraid to shoot

                                      • Daxon Autism
                                        Daxon Autism  1 months back

                                        No wonder he was drafted 1st overall

                                        • Joaquin Shang
                                          Joaquin Shang  1 months back

                                          D angelo Russel, Mitchell, Doncic > Simmons

                                          • Joaquin Shang
                                            Joaquin Shang  1 months back

                                            Overrated as hell, he is good but not a real star. Playoffs he chokes hard, he needs more game and can't have a super star contract yet... Give me doncic any day ofc.

                                            • jr da boy
                                              jr da boy  1 months back

                                              Joaquin Shang if he was on the bucks instead of Giannis he would be much better I feel

                                          • Blue Skeptic
                                            Blue Skeptic  1 months back

                                            This guy does literally nothing better than Lamar Odom and Odom was never considered a star. This guy is the definition of overrated.

                                            • blue cheese soup
                                              blue cheese soup  1 months back

                                              0:18 epic Al Horford flinch

                                              • Leth Mab
                                                Leth Mab  1 months back


                                                • Charles Gilmore 3
                                                  Charles Gilmore 3  1 months back


                                                  • jdp 90five
                                                    jdp 90five  1 months back


                                                    • rose orphee
                                                      rose orphee  1 months back

                                                      like yesterday; at less a miss-range game, please

                                                      • Random Cat
                                                        Random Cat  1 months back

                                                        Simmons is the point big man and Jokic is the 7 foot point guard

                                                        • frank brown
                                                          frank brown  1 months back

                                                          Simmons does not hustle except when ball is in his hands. Dude got the 10 vid clips were Simmons actually plays D.Watch him full game. He might as well stay on O end. Just stands around as in those three e.g.s in this vid. On O same deal. He's mostly hanging around watching and occasionally will make a play. I was astounded by that contract Simmons got. They need to watch the games before handing out the dough.

                                                          • jr da boy
                                                            jr da boy  1 months back

                                                            frank brown I feel like he plays that way because people are watching him... still very immature

                                                        • israel nieves
                                                          israel nieves  1 months back

                                                          The majority of nba teams play the half court system. So there really isn’t a team for Ben . Sixers need to run Doug moe’s system. Ben would flourish in a run & gun system . When embiid was out for a month Ben pretty much ran a run & gun system. During that month the sixers were the most dangerous team . Averaging almost a triple double in every game. 20-25pts 12-15 rbs 10-12 ast 2-4 stls a game. I learned during that month that he doesn’t need a jumper when he’s setting up his sharp shooters while developing team chemistry and being a leader in the court. Ben is as attracting defenses like flies on shit and he was passing and when needed shot high percentage shots. That version of the sixers I saw for that month team could compete with. So all those that continue to say “ uhhh he still need a jumper “ .....blah blah don’t know basketball . It’s the system that plays into a players potential not the other way around. All these analytics is nothing but words and are truly misleading. Please don’t compare Ben to rondo ......that is an insult .

                                                          • Wes Holmes
                                                            Wes Holmes  1 months back

                                                            "LOW LEVEL ALL STAR"


                                                            • Daniel Ramirez
                                                              Daniel Ramirez  2 months back

                                                              How do you play that much basketball your whole life & you don't develop a good jumpshot as a guard. He doesn't even look confident when he shoots

                                                              • jr da boy
                                                                jr da boy  1 months back

                                                                Daniel Ramirez it’s weird, usually the most athletic players have problems with their shooting and then it’s vice versa with the best shooters... this is why MJ is the 🐐

                                                            • y33tboy
                                                              y33tboy  2 months back

                                                              Well made video

                                                              • Jordan
                                                                Jordan  2 months back

                                                                Great video, man.

                                                                • matuopm
                                                                  matuopm  2 months back

                                                                  if you play basketball all your life and cant shoot there is something wrong with you ... especially if you don't even have a reliable free throw ...

                                                                  • C Brown
                                                                    C Brown  2 months back

                                                                    His shot is a hot mess

                                                                    • greg taylor
                                                                      greg taylor  2 months back

                                                                      As this video points out he does so many other things well. Sure he needs a jumper. I submit most great passers are not good shoters, Jason Kidd, Magic, Rondo. It's a typical dynamic. I just wish he would at least take a jump shot. He's in his feelings right now. And his shot mechanics are indeed terrible.

                                                                      • Daniel R
                                                                        Daniel R  2 months back

                                                                        shoots with the wrong hand
                                                                        he lines up his shot closer to the right hand than the left and he has a more accurate right hand hook than left hand hook.

                                                                        • Tigerjuhhh
                                                                          Tigerjuhhh  2 months back

                                                                          Have a nice day.

                                                                          • Ebhota Emmanuel
                                                                            Ebhota Emmanuel  2 months back

                                                                            This is why he needs a jumper even if its just a midrange shot for now....because he clogs the lane and relegates joel embiid to a perimeter player

                                                                            • yea ight
                                                                              yea ight  2 months back

                                                                              Lmaoo he’s at peace wit not knowing how to shoot. Tragoc

                                                                              • Paul Dalangpan
                                                                                Paul Dalangpan  2 months back

                                                                                I saw him play live a few months ago against the Rockets, and he was clearly the best player. He didn't make a single jump shot. All dunks, driving physical lay ups, and spectacular assists. He was amazing to watch. He did not suck as I suspected. I was wrong.

                                                                                • Gabriel Suarez
                                                                                  Gabriel Suarez  2 months back

                                                                                  He is a righty shooting with his left, just check his ritght elbow tucked in in position to shoot, it is maddening watchint him, just switch hands already

                                                                                  • Pete Espiritu
                                                                                    Pete Espiritu  2 months back

                                                                                    Just need a jumpshot then he can be a mvp candidate

                                                                                    • Lost Race
                                                                                      Lost Race  2 months back

                                                                                      Actually all Ben needs is a accurate mid range....

                                                                                      • banana
                                                                                        banana  2 months back

                                                                                        Personally I think the Sixers will regret their big investments in Horford and even Harris. Ideally I see Simmons as a larger, more talented playmaking version of Draymond Green (if he can get some semblance of a shot like Draymond), and that the team should move on from him as a true point. Play Simmons instead of Horford at the 4 then invest in a quick combo guard who can shoot to split playmaking duties, like the Draymond/Steph duo. Obviously it's too late now though, and I'm excited to see how the team plays

                                                                                        • Joaquin Shang
                                                                                          Joaquin Shang  1 months back

                                                                                          Draymond is smarter, defends way better and passes as well as him. He isn't more talented yet.