When he was picked up from the Philadelphia 76ers, the team’s front office swore up and down that Simmons’ best days were ahead of him and he could return to All-Star status in no time.
Of course, he then sat out for the rest of the season because of a back injury.
That means that Simmons is about to play his first games with the team when the new season starts.
Ben Simmons tonight:
6 turnovers pic.twitter.com/OTV9YHHErm
— StatMuse (@statmuse) October 7, 2022
Of course, preseason games don’t really mean anything but Simmons hasn’t been impressing much with his performance during them.
In his first game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Simmons only got 6 points.
Then in his second game, the Australian player had just 4 points and 6 turnovers.
This was certainly not the start that fans of the player or the team wanted but Simmons has plenty of time to turn it around.
Simmons Has Time
It is important to remember that Simmons hasn’t played in a game for more than a year, so a little rust is expected.
It is also crucial that fans keep in mind that he is still getting used to the team and the way he works with them.
And, of course, preseason games mean nothing.
Still, these numbers are concerning.
The turnovers are particularly bad because the Nets have imagined a future where Simmons isn’t creating a lot of points but rather facilitating plays on the floor and passing the ball to others like Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.
That simply will not be possible if he continues to turn the ball over.
It’s too soon to throw in the towel on Simmons but all optimism about him should remain cautious.