Ben Simmons disappointed Sixers missed out on LeBron
NBA.com Global on Aug 20, 2018 07:29 AM
MIAMI, FL - APRIL 19: Ben Simmons #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers passes the ball against the Miami Heat in Game Three of Round One of the 2018 NBA Playoffs on April 19, 2018 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Ben Simmons, the Kia Rookie of the Year, is back in his native Australia where he revealed his disappointment in not getting LeBron James to the Sixers in free agency and pushed back on his critics, who say he should shoot right handed instead of his left.
The 22-year old said he was "a little bit" disappointed that James chose the Lakers over the Sixers in an interview with the Daily Telegraph.
The 6'10" point forward challenged his critics who said he lacked a consistent jumper and hit only 69 shots from 224 attempts outside 10 feet from the rim, and none from three-point range during his rookie season.
When we asked Aussie @NBA superstar @BenSimmons25 about critics of his jump shot, he was quick to remind them of some OTHER features of his game.. 😏️🏀🔥— Telegraph Sport (@telegraph_sport) August 19, 2018
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The 76ers finished last season at 50-32 and the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference. They lost to Boston in the conference semifinals.
Simmons averaged 15.8 points, 8.2 assists, 8.1 rebounds and 1.7 steals in 81 regular-season games. He also averaged 16.3 points, 7.8 rebounds and 7.7 assists in 10 playoff games.