Ben Simmons becoming focus of followers’ anticipation despite lowered expectations

When Ben Simmons’ prospects, the glass is half empty (in case you’re issues from Philadelphia) or half full (If you’ve got obtained a Brooklyn perspective.)

Simmons holdout and recurring again points which led to surgical procedure final season have made him the topic of caveats galore: IF he is wholesome, IF he is mentally prepared, IF he really loves the sport. IF, IF, IF. Slowly, although, followers are starting to just accept that IF the solutions to all these questions is a sure, the 6’11” level guard (middle?) could be a game-changer. Anticipation is on the rise.

As MaxaMilliion711, the YouTube producer acquainted to followers of Vince Carter, identified in a latest video, “Y’all Forgot How GOOD Ben Simmons Is!”

Simmons has been at HSS Training Center for weeks, rehabbing and build up his stamina. Last we heard about his state of affairs was again on the day the Nets and Kevin Durant got here to their settlement in LA to “transfer ahead with our partnership.” On August 22, Shams Charania wrote:

Simmons has been cleared for three-on-three basketball actions following again surgical procedure in May, and he’s on monitor to be cleared for full five-on-five actions within the coming weeks, league sources say.

That of course obtained misplaced within the greater KD information.

Since then, the one “updates” we have seen have been photographs from exercises posted on Nets social media and by photographers who’ve caught him at Liberty video games at Barclays Center p Summer League video games in Las Vegas. What we are able to see is that Simmons seems to have bulked up a bit…

Otherwise, nothing official. There’s been no movies, no interviews with Chris Carrino, no feedback from his teammates on how he seems, and many others. .., as if the Nets wish to decrease expectations. It wasn’t that method when the Nets traded for Simmons in February hoping they’d see him in March. That did not occur as again ache, which had bothered him since 2020, intervened, finally requiring post-season surgical procedure.

The different members of the Nets new “Big Three” perceive what he can carry. Durant was the extra sanguine of the 2 about Simmons suggesting that everybody ought to wait and see what issues could be like as soon as he took the court docket.

“I take a look at a singular participant who’s making an attempt to carve out his personal lane within the league,” stated Kevin Durant after the Nets blew out the 76ers in March with Simmons on the bench. “He’s achieved that to date. I’m wanting ahead to what it seems like on the market on the ground when he obtained scorers round him like Seth, myself, Ky, Cam, Patty, Goran like I wish to see the way it seems. Of course, Ben is an All-Star participant. So I feel his work and his play will show, will inform the whole lot you wish to know. So we’ll simply wait till he begins taking part in.”

Irving was much less skeptical when he spoke to reporters on the finish of the season.

“We misplaced a franchise participant (in Harden), and we obtained a franchise participant again,” Kyrie Irving gushed. “But we did not get an opportunity to see [Simmons] on the ground…Ben’s good, we have now Ben, we have now his again. He’s going to be good for subsequent yr. But now we simply flip the web page and stay up for what we’re constructing.”

Simmons spoke about his combine with the Nets superstars at his press convention following the Harden commerce.

“I feel it will be scary,” Simmons stated of taking part in alongside Durant and Irving. “Having these guys run alongside me with a number of totally different weapons on the ground. And I feel on the tempo we wish to play at, it will be unreal.”

However, as Brian Lewis factors out Sunday in a chunk on whether or not the whole lot will finally harmonize, the Nets low season strikes seem to have been primarily based, a minimum of partially, on what Simmons can do on the court docket. Sean Marks has added each strong defenders and 3-point shooters … and why not?

[F]rom his NBA debut by 2020-21 — his final wholesome season — Simmons was second within the league in 3-pointers assisted (996). That ought to make for a superb match with Durant, Irving, Joe Harris and Seth Curry.

…And Patty Mills, Royce O’Neale, TJ Warren and Edmond Sumner, all both re-signed, signed or acquired within the low season.

In a gathering with followers shortly after the commerce, Marks himself talked about what Simmons may carry.

“Just to have that versatility, and I’m going to maintain harping on the flexibility that he brings offensively and defensively,” stated Marks. “It’s going to be a matchup nightmare for different groups.

“There’s no query that he is already confirmed that he can try this, and it takes a bit bit of a load off of Kevin. Maybe it places Kevin in a unique gentle. Maybe it places Kyrie in a unique set of circumstances the place they do not need to deal with the ball on a regular basis. They can get on the market and run the wings and vice versa. Ben can run these wings and once we see how briskly he’s at spreading the ground, I feel if we’re coming in waves towards the opposition, taking part in at tempo, that ought to show good for us.”

Things will change on the finish of the month. Simmons shall be on the dais on Media Day, then he and his teammates shall be requested about him day by day when camp opens and reporters get again within the fitness center. Then, lastly on October 3 (presuming he is wholesome), Simmons and the Nets will first take the court docket as Net vs. (look forward to it) the Philadelphia 76ers at Barclays Center. That’s three weeks away. We can wait. We’ve waited lengthy sufficient.

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