Summary of “Who Can Stop Ben Simmons?”

Hm. Did they forget that Ben Simmons was a rookie? Probably, considering no more than three voted Simmons for either of those questions, and not a single one named him as “Most athletic.” Simmons also didn’t win any of the questions from the year before, when he and his fellow 2016 draftees were given a similar survey.
One regular season later, Simmons is already one of the NBA’s 15-to-20 best players and a top-five playmaker; Simmons passes like he’s using GameShark.
Winslow isn’t as much defending Simmons as he is roaming like a free safety.
Johnson could get the primary responsibility of defending Simmons, as he’s had more success in the matchup because of his larger frame and longer arms.
I’ve banged the Ben Simmons Shoots With the Wrong Hand drum many times before, but it’s worth noting now, with a full season of data, that around three-quarters of Simmons’s non-jumper attempts came off his right hand, even though he shoots away from the basket with his left.
Redick even said on The J.J. Redick Podcast that he suggested Simmons switch hands after he first saw the rookie shooting righty jumpers earlier in the season.
Redick said Simmons “Seemed open to the idea,” though the veteran added that he’s gotten better left-handed over the course of the season, so it might not be necessary.
Simmons is already a tremendous pro, and, as Redick said, “The guy’s going to average a triple-double or close to a triple-double for his whole career, simply because he’s 6-foot-10 and can get wherever he wants to go, and throw the ball wherever he wants it to go.” But even LeBron had to develop his jumper to take the leap from amazing to legendary.

The orginal article.