Draymond Green Attributes Ben Simmons’ Struggles To A Confidence Issue

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The downward turn in Ben Simmons’ career is widely known. Formerly a No.1 overall pick, an All-Star and a franchise cornerstone for the Philadelphia 76ers, Simmons now finds himself relegated to a supporting role with the Brooklyn Nets.

What stands out about Simmons is the lack of progress in his offensive game, particularly his ability to shoot. This weak spot has haunted Simmons since he stepped into the NBA, and it now seems more evident as he shies away from scoring while his other strengths become insufficient to mask his shooting deficits.

Although he averaged 6.3 rebounds and 6.1 assists per game last season, a 6.9 points per game average on 56.6% shooting from the field leaves much to be desired for a player of his caliber. In a complicated season, the 26-year old big guard also experienced the setback of a knee and back injury, which limited him to 42 games.

Much has been said about Simmons’ regression in recent years. Offering a fresh take is Golden State Warriors defensive stalwart Draymond Green, who suggests that Simmons’ struggles stem from a lack of confidence. 


“You’ve seen people lose confidence in their game… Like Ben Simmons… He’s still the same Ben Simmons we watch dominate in Philly. The only difference… is confidence… I know how it feels to lose confidence.”


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