It seems like eons ago that the biggest story around the NBA world was Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons and his unwillingness to even attempt a shot from the perimeter.
So many things have changed since then. Primarily, the NBA is about to resume in two weeks after a four-plus month hiatus due to the ongoing pandemic.
With Simmons and his Sixers at Walt Disney World in Orlando, it appears that he’s working on his three-point shot now more than ever before.
Ben Simmons’ three-point shot rounding into form?
This is fairly significant in that Simmons has attempted a total of 23 three-points shots in 214 career regular-season games, hitting on just two of them in the process.
The ability of Simmons to expand his offensive game could loom large for Philadelphia as it looks to put the struggles of the pre-suspended portion of the season behind the team.
Philadelphia 76ers still have NBA title aspirations
Philadelphia boasted a 39-26 record and was the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference when play was halted back on March 11.
Drama between Joel Embiid and Sixers fans coupled with head coach Brett Brown being on the hot seat seemed to derail Philadelphia’s season mid-stream. Now that they have had four-plus months off, things start anew.
Philadelphia 76ers schedule
Like all of the 22 teams resuming their season at Walt Disney World, Philadelphia will play eight regular-season games before the playoffs start.
- Aug. 1: Indiana Pacers
- Aug. 3: San Antonio Spurs
- Aug. 5: Washington Wizards
- Aug. 7: Orlando Magic
- Aug. 9: Portland Trail Blazers
- Aug. 11: Phoenix Suns
- Aug. 12: Toronto Raptors
- Aug. 14: Houston Rockets
A total of five of Philadelphia’s eight remaining regular-season games come against teams that are currently under .500.
Simmons and Co. are also just two games out of a top-four seed back east. Things seem to be set up nice for the team. It’s now all about proving it on the court.