Ever since entering the NBA, the jokes have come in thick and fast about Ben Simmons inability to shoot from outside of the paint.
During his historic rookie season Simmons attempted 11 shots from beyond the three-point arc without making any. Of course the caveat here is that all of those attempts were heaves instead of actually set up shots.
But that didn’t stop the jokes from flooding in and guaranteed if you watch any Simmons highlights, there’ll be a comment stating: “Yeah, but can he hit a three?”
Sticking to his guns and scoring inside, Simmons went 49 games without even attempting a shot from deep. But that all changed on Sunday.
In a game against the Denver Nuggets, the Aussie star received the inbounds pass with three seconds to go in the third quarter and quickly hustled inside his own half before launching the long range shot.
It did not go well.
— Matt Turner (@mattturner1986) January 27, 2019
Ben Simmons (technically) attempted a three!
— Zack Rosenblatt (@ZackBlatt) January 27, 2019
The attempt will provide plenty of fuel to the Simmons critique crowd and it won’t go away until he knocks one down from downtown.
Big man Nikola Jokic dominated the shorthanded 76ers, who were playing without All-Stars Jimmy Butler and Joel Embiid, and carried the Nuggets to the 126-110 victory.
Jokic posted his seventh triple-double of the season as he finished with 32 points, 18 rebounds and 10 assists.
Simmons ended the contest with 19 points, 12 rebounds and four assists, but the main talking point was his attempt from just inside halfcourt.
We need a 3-point contest with the worst shooters. I wanna see who can chunk the most bricks between Ben Simmons, Fultz, Giannis, Westbrook and Trey Lyles
— Master (@MasterTes) January 27, 2019
THON WANTS OUT OF MILWAUKEE
The Milwaukee Bucks are flying as they sit atop the Eastern Conference standings, a game clear of the Toronto Raptors, while also holding the best record in the league.
But things within the organisation aren’t all roses and chocolates with one Aussie reportedly wanting out.
Thon Maker is seeking to leave the soaring Bucks after his role in the squad has been continually diminished under coach Mike Budenholzer.
The 21-year-old’s agent Mike George and Milwaukee general manager Jon Horst have discussed trade scenarios in recent weeks that would benefit Maker and the team, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Representatives for Maker have “told management that he’d prefer the franchise find a trade to a team that would provide a larger role for the former lottery pick.”
Maker was taken with the No. 10 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft and has shown flashes throughout the 2018/19 season of his floor-spacing and rim protecting ability, but hasn’t been afforded the opportunity to truly showcase his value.
His playing minutes continually vary with second-year forward DJ Wilson leapfrogging him for backup big man minutes.
He is eligible to negotiate a lucrative rookie contract extension after the conclusion of the season.
Agent for Milwaukee’s Thon Maker has told management that he’d prefer franchise finds a trade to a team that would offer a larger role for 7-footer. Sides working on a solution. Story on ESPN: https://t.co/1J2DU2v6JA
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 26, 2019
Maker is averaging 4.7 points and 2.7 rebounds per game, appearing in 35 games which have all come off the bench.
If Maker is moved on from the Bucks, he would become the second Aussie to depart Milwaukee this season after Matthew Dellavedova was traded to Cleveland.
The NBA trade deadline comes around on February 8, meaning the Bucks have a little under two weeks to try and make a deal.
#Bucks have the best record in the NBA, but playing time is more important to Thon Maker who wants out of Milwaukee. Good luck finding a trade destination that results in being on a playoff team and getting more minutes.
— Mike Cianciolo (@MikeCianciolo) January 26, 2019
Thon Maker to the Grizzlies?? Come on #GrindCity let’s pool our regional celebrity and give this rumor some steam!
— Grizzly Bear Blues (@sbnGrizzlies) January 27, 2019
Thon is ultra competitive and really wants to play. It’s abundantly clear that he’s loved in the locker room and is nothing but a good influence.
It should be made clear that the Bucks are not obligated in any way to make a trade. There’s a strong argument to say they shouldn’t.
— Kane Pitman (@mkebucksaus) January 27, 2019
Originally published as Twitter erupts over Simmons first