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The Game Changer


In a game trending towards the outside shot and perimeter moves, Ben Simmons and his unique style of play have become the revelation of the season

After sitting out his first year of professional basketball due to injury, the hype over Ben Simmons had cooled despite his number one pick status. The 6-foot-10 point forward had dominated in his high school days at Montverde Academy, along with the Nets’ D’Angelo Russell but was not able to have a similar impact at football-oriented LSU. Hopes were high after a dominant Summer League showing but a fractured foot unfortunately ruled him out of the 2016-17 season.

Since his return to action however, the Melbourne-born Simmons has adapted to the NBA with surprising ease. Despite basketball’s movement towards the three-point shot, he has placed himself firmly in the forefront of the race for Rookie of the Year with his unique blend of court vision and agility. Possessing the athleticism and physique of a post-up behemoth, the 21-year old chooses to dominate the game with his all-around game.

Although he does not display a quick trigger from the perimeter, it has become a boost to his game instead of a hindrance. When defenses sag off him, Simmons is quick to exploit the available space with his ball-handling moves and top-tier passing. As he picks up triple-doubles and individual accolades, it is easy to see why legends have anointed the youngster as the future of the game. Not bad for a boy from Down Under without a deadly outside shot.

Article written by Wong Chin Yi. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors. They do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of the NBA.