The Brooklyn Nets started their new season on Wednesday and there was a lot of attention being paid to the team’s roster.
Meanwhile, Ben Simmons is finally healthy and ready to play.
A lot is riding on Simmons’ performance this season and it will go a long way to either restoring faith in him or continuing to diminish his star power.
Ben Simmons Nets debut:
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Opening night wasn’t a winning one for Simmons, in more ways than one.
The Nets were taken down in a huge way, losing to the New Orleans Pelicans in a 130-108 routing.
As for Simmons, he was only good for 4 points.
Those 4 points went alongside his 6 fouls.
That’s right, Simmons fouled out during his opening night debut with his new team.
The Nets need a lot from Simmons in the months ahead and he will have to perform much better than last night if he wishes to be an important part of this troubled team.
What Ben Should Bring
In his last full season with the Philadelphia 76ers, Simmons averaged 14.3 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 6.9 assists – with just 2.9 personal fouls committed per game.
Compare that to his 4 points, 5 rebounds, and 6 fouls in just 23 minutes on Wednesday night and you see just how much ground he has to cover.
Simmons was envisioned as someone who can grab a bunch of boards in a game but can also rack up assists too.
He was able to deliver 5 dimes on Wednesday before fouling which isn’t bad but isn’t great either.
Simmons’ foul troubles are very concerning because the Nets are putting a lot on his shoulders.
He could be the missing piece that helps them achieve greatness – or he could be a major disappointment.