Ben Simmons has joined the Brooklyn Nets after a tumultuous tenure with the Philadelphia 76ers. The point guard didn't play a single game for the Sixers after his collapse against the Atlanta Hawks last season, citing mental health issues as the reason he was unable to take the court again.
It was clear that Simmons didn't want to continue in Philly. Fortunately, the Sixers found the best trade partner in the Nets, sending the Australian point guard to New York in exchange for 2018 NBA MVP James Harden and Paul Millsap. Everybody got his wish granted and both Harden and Simmons are ready to start a new chapter.
Ben will play alongside two incredible players in Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. Everybody wants to see what this trio will bring to the table, and Simmons already issued a warning to the rest of the league.
Talking with reporters for the first time as a Net, Simmons had this to say:
"I think it's going to be scary [when I play with Kyrie and KD]. Having those guys playing alongside me, multiple different weapons on the floor, at the pace we want to play, it's gonna be unreal."
This is great to hear for Nets fans, but we already heard somebody said it would be 'scary hours' once he played with Durant and Irving. James Harden had the same expectations for the Nets before the season and we all know how things went down.
Well, Simmons can carry the load while KD returns from an injury and Kyrie is sidelined in road games. The Nets won a big game against the Sacramento Kings on Monday night, snapping an 11-game losing streak led by new acquisition Seth Curry and veteran LaMarcus Aldridge.
Simmons stated he's not sure when he will return to the court, but he's 'ramping up' at this moment.