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There is reported optimism for the Brooklyn Nets when it comes to Ben Simmons and his potential to play in the playoffs.

Ben Simmons could be the key to a deep playoff run for the Brooklyn Nets, but we won’t know until he’s on the court. The latest update in a long string of updates is here to give Nets fans hope.

“Nets three-time All-Star Ben Simmons has resumed light on-court workouts, sources tell me,” Charania begins. “And the hope remains that he will be able to ramp up for a potential return in time for the playoffs.”

Simmons still has not played during the 2021-22 season. Obviously, this is framed as an optimistic report, but we’ve heard this song and dance before.

The Nets can talk about playoffs, but there is no guarantee they make it to a seven-game series. Although a play-in spot is guaranteed, they are teetering on the edge of the 9-10 game.

If and when Simmons makes his debut in Brooklyn, there should be no excuses about developing chemistry. Simmons is going to slide into Bruce Brown‘s exact role on the court — a Swiss Army knife defensively who can find the open spaces on offense. No disrespect to Brown, but it’s a major upgrade if the Australian can stay healthy.

Simmons can do more with the ball in his hands, but won’t shoot it as well as Brown. Still, that’s a decent trade-off considering the fact that Brown doesn’t take a ton of threes. Simmons is a significant upgrade as a small-ball center down the stretch of games too.

But again, until we see Simmons on the floor in a Nets uniform, nothing really matters.

NY/NJ hoops reporter (NBA/NCAA) & sports betting writer for XL Media. Never had the makings of a varsity athlete.