Oct. 8, 2019 is a day that will go down in infamy. After two full seasons in the NBA, Ben Simmons has finally hit his first three-pointer as a pro … in a preseason game …. against Guangzhou Long-Lions of the Chinese Basketball Association.
Yep, we’re still counting it.
Simmons pulled up for three at the end of the first half and got nothing but net.
The last time Simmons made a three-pointer in a game?
Way back on Nov. 30, 2015 when he was in college playing for LSU in a game against College of Charleston. It was the only three of Simmons’ brief NCAA career, and he hasn’t hit one in the pros through 160 regular season games and 22 playoff contests.
Combining the regular season and postseason, Simmons is 0-for-18 as a pro on threes.
Good for Simmons. We saw video of him hitting jump shots all summer in private runs that were mostly met with skepticism.
He still has a long, long way to go before opposing defenses will respect his deep ball, but at least he saw one go into the basket while wearing a 76ers uniform. It’s nice to see someone rewarded for their work (though most NBA fans will tell you he should be working harder on his jumper).
By the way, around the same time Simmons hit his three, Steven Adams of the Oklahoma City Thunder also hit the first three-pointer of his NBA career: Oh, and shortly afterwards, Simmons’ former teammate, Boban Marjanovic, also hit one.
What on earth is going on in the NBA?!
Oh well, at least we have Andre Drummond showing us that big men still have limitations…
Everything is still in order. The world hasn’t exploded in a pit of fiery flames. Yet.