Ben Simmons ends his career-long drought without a three-pointer and of course, it happens against the New York Knicks.
“Shoot a three coward,” became a common sight on Twitter over the last two years. The jab was hurled at Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers because well, he rarely shoots threes.
Not only does he rarely shoot the three-ball, but he also had never made a shot from beyond the arc during his NBA career. Until Wednesday that is. Simmons drained a corner three against a team he always seems to feast on—the New York Knicks.
There it is folks. The first made three of Ben Simmons’ career. pic.twitter.com/9a1QGnxJur
— ESNY (@EliteSportsNY) November 21, 2019
Prior to Wednesday, Simmons was 0-for-17 from three-point range during his three-year career. In fact, this was the first three-pointer Simmons has attended this year.
As expected, the bucket set off the Sixers crowd for a couple of minutes. The Philly faithful are waiting with bated breath every time Simmons touches the ball. They are hoping against all hope that Simmons will start to feel confident and pull it again.
The ironic thing is that Simmons has never needed to be a three-point threat to beat up on the Knicks. He averages nearly a triple-double when he faces off against the orange and blue. His 14.0 points, 9.8 rebounds, and 8.0 assists per game against the Knicks has led to eight wins in as many games.
It’s safe to say that Simmons and the Sixers have owned the Knicks during his three-year career. Perhaps that’s why he felt comfortable enough to let it fly from deep.