In case you missed it, Ben Simmons hit a three… in-game. Granted, it’s just pre-season, and we have yet to see if he can hit them consistently, but it is encouraging to see him finally hit one after two years of struggling with it.
THIS IS NOT A DRILL.
BEN SIMMONS MADE A THREE.
THIS IS NOT A DRILL. pic.twitter.com/A2He5Ed75S
— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) October 9, 2019
Needless to say, the fans on Twitter went wild. An influx of reactions and memes flooded the internet in the moments that followed. Here are the best of them we could find from the historic night:
The entire city of Philadelphia when Ben Simmons hit that three pic.twitter.com/NwXVQ4sJH3
— Harrison Faigen (@hmfaigen) October 9, 2019
BEN SIMMONS HIT ONE THREE POINTER THE WORLD IS ENDING OMGGGGG 👀👀👀🤯🤯🤯🤯pic.twitter.com/N8SkhvZWOn
— NBA Syndicate (@NBAsyndicate) October 9, 2019
THIS IS NOT A DRILL 🚨
THIS IS NOT A DRILL 🚨
BEN SIMMONS MADE A THREE 😱 pic.twitter.com/1RDZfgaErW
— Sports Flex Blogs (@SportsFlexBlogs) October 9, 2019
Ben Simmons just hit his first three😍😍😍😍 oh how fast they grow up ☺️☺️☺️☺️ #sixers
— birdgang🦅🦅 (@caseyjz21) October 9, 2019
This is wild, philly celebrates Ben Simmons first made three like they won an nba championship 😂 https://t.co/ToVABDP4t7
— M⚡️ke Ojo 🇳🇬 (@Bellikemike) October 9, 2019
Ben Simmons is gonna shoot 40 percent from three this season and burn NBA Twitter to the ground.
— mario hezonja fan club (@yocephus) October 9, 2019
Ben Simmons just made a three…oh now he gon be scary. pic.twitter.com/cY4wzDMsya
— @ńgëł (@AGSanchez195) October 9, 2019
Again, in the grand scheme of things, the shot didn’t actually matter. It was pre-season and it was just one over the course of a 2-year career so far. But the fact that he hit one, and looked confident in doing so is a great sign for Simmons and the Sixers.
His inability to stretch the floor was a severe limitation to them and, following the departure of their two best shooters, it has the potential to be exploited even further this season. If he can hit consistently from deep, Philly might be ready to make the leap we’ve all been waiting for.