Six games ago, 76ers coach Brett Brown issued a challenge to Ben Simmons: shoot at least one three-pointer a game. For most players, they perform this task with ease, as the long-distance jumper is highly valued in today's game.
For Simmons, he has famously struggled to shot from beyond the arc. This season, though, we have seen a tiny glimpse of improvement from him in that department, having made two three-pointers this season alone.
Since Brown issued the challenge to Simmons, however, he has ceased all attempts from beyond the arc. Literally, Simmons has not shot a single three since his coach challenged him to do so six games ago.
"This is what I want, and you can pass this along to his agent, his family, his friends and him: I want one 3-point shot a game minimum. The pull up twos I’m fine with whatever is open. But I’m interested in the 3 point shot. The mentality that he has where he’s turning corners and taking that long step, that gather step, and bringing his shoulders to the rim...will equal higher efficiency or getting fouled. That’s the world that interests me the most. Those two things. When you say, okay, what’s number (of free throws)? I immediately throw out 8 (attempts per game). For whatever reason I’m not sure, but that’s the number I think is attainable.”
The quote was spoken on December 6th. It's now the 20th, and it's clear that Ben has decided to ignore his coach's request.
Maybe he's just not ready?