At Friday's media day, Simmons indicated that he doesn't expect to be a three-point threat this season, Kyle Neubeck of The Philly Voice reports. While Simmons acknowledged that he's tweaked some "little things" with his inconsistent jumper over the summer, he was rather candid in saying that he won't be much of a threat from beyond the arc. "I'm not going to come in and hit threes this season," Simmons said. "That's not what I'm going to do." The No. 1 overall pick in 2016 took only 11 threes all of last season, failing to connect on a single attempt. Nonetheless, he had one of the best debut campaigns in recent history, averaging 15.8 points, 8.2 assists, 6.3 rebounds and 2.6 combined steals/blocks across 81 games. Entering the offseason, the hope was that Simmons would prioritize extending his range, but for the time being, it appears as though he'll double-down on what he already does well. Even without a reliable jumper, Simmons' counting stats make him a valuable fantasy commodity, but the complete lack of three-pointers are a glaring weakness, and the 22-year-old also struggled at the line (56.0% FT) as a rookie.
Simmons totaled 18 points (8-15 FG, 2-2 FT), eight rebounds, six assists and one block in 33 minutes during Wednesday's 114-112 loss to Boston. Simmons and the 76ers fought hard but eventually fell to the Celtics in Game Five of their playoff series, eliminating them from the post-season. Simmons was somewhat underwhelming in this series, taking some of the shine off what has been a spectacular rookie season. Simmons and his young teammates are going to learn a lot from this defeat and will likely come back bigger and stronger next season. The future is bright in Philadelphia.
Simmons accounted for 19 points (6-15 FG, 7-8 FT), 13 rebounds, five assists and two steals across 33 minutes during Philadelphia's 103-92 win over the Celtics in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference semifinal-round playoff series. Simmons made up for his critical miscue in Game 3, one that led to an Al Horford steal that helped seal the Celtics' overtime victory. The second-year pro's scoring total was his best since Game 3 of the first-round series against the Heat, while his rebound haul served as his highest since he'd also hauled down 13 boards in Game 4 of the first-round series. Simmons' contributions figure to once again be pivotal to the Sixers' efforts in Wednesday's Game 5.
Simmons offered 16 points (8-14 FG), eight rebounds, eight assists, two blocks and one steal across 43 minutes during Philadelphia's 101-98 overtime loss to the Celtics in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference semifinal-round playoff series. Simmons bounced back on the stat sheet from a nightmarish Game 2 in which he tallied a single point over 31 minutes. However, he also committed a game-changing turnover when his inbounds pass with 3.9 seconds left in overtime was stolen by Al Horford, who was subsequently fouled and drained a pair of free throws that gave the Celtics the final margin of victory. Simmons will look to step up his production further when Philadelphia attempts to avoid a series sweep in Monday's Game 4.
Simmons posted 18 points (6-11 FG, 6-11 FT), seven rebounds, six assists, two steals and one block across 42 minutes during Philadelphia's 117-101 loss to the Celtics in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal-round playoff series. Simmons logged a game-high amount of minutes, but he also committed the most turnovers (seven) on either squad. The second-year star's scoring total was his best since Game 3 of the first-round series versus the Heat, although he failed to hit double digits in the rebounding column for the first time since Game 2 against Miami. Simmons still finished with a trademark solid all-around line, and he'll look to up his contributions further when the Sixers attempt to even the series in Thursday's Game 2.
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