The Brooklyn Nets hoped that Ben Simmons would go back to the player he was in his best years with the Philadelphia 76ers.
He was still young, under contract for the long run, and perhaps the best piece they could get in return for James Harden at the time.
But Simmons’ tenure in Brooklyn has been a failure and a disaster thus far.
He’s barely been able to play due to multiple ailments — both physical and emotional –and some doubt he’ll ever be able to live up to the expectations.
— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) August 12, 2023
Simmons has the potential to be one of the most disruptive defensive forces in the league.
He’s got the length, instincts, speed, strength, and athleticism to be able to guard one through five, and he’s proved that he can excel at that.
He’s also an elite facilitator and playmaker and the kind of point forward that could take a team to a whole new level.
But he’s never been mentally strong, and even scouts in high school doubted his coachability and ability to be held accountable.
There’s still a big chance that he’ll prove the doubters wrong and will break out once and for all.
But it doesn’t seem like he’s going to work on his flaws at this point in his career, and he may never be able to shake off his injury woes either.NEXT: Australia Coach Comments On Ben Simmons Not Playing In World Cup