“I realize Ben Simmons didn’t play that series, the Celtics aren’t going anywhere, the Bucks aren’t going anywhere”

Kyrie Irving returns to Brooklyn in 2022 so the Nets can see their big three in action, health permitting. The Nets were swept by the Boston Celtics in the first round, but Caesars Sportsbook opened with the Nets at +750 to win it all next season, level on points with the Bucks.

Zach Lowe spoke about the Nets’ title fight next season on ESPN’s Get Up:

“We just watched the Celtics sweep the nets out of the playoffs, have people forgotten that happened?”

“I realize Ben Simmons hasn’t played that series, the Celtics are going nowhere, the Bucks are going nowhere.”

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“Can this team be a championship contender? Maybe, on paper, sure. …I’m just tired of talking about what the nets could be if, if, if” (via) ESPN

What position will Ben Simmons play for the Brooklyn Nets?

Ben Simmons of the Brooklyn Nets.
Ben Simmons of the Brooklyn Nets.

The difficulties for the Brooklyn Nets don’t end with fending off injuries. Irving and Simmons have yet to play together and occupy the same position, point guard.

Ben Simmons is kind of an anomaly when it comes to point guard position. Simmons’ height, 6′ 11″, is uncharacteristic of a point guard. He is one of the best on-ball defenders in the NBA, a top-notch playmaker and rebounding the ball as well as passing it.

Brooklyn Nets’ Ben Simmons is expected to take 3 to 4 months to fully recover from back surgery, sources tell ESPN. He is expected to be ready to return well ahead of training camp.

Brooklyn Nets’ Ben Simmons is expected to take 3 to 4 months to fully recover from back surgery, sources tell ESPN. He is expected to be ready to return well ahead of training camp.

The only problem is that point guards are usually better shooters and should shoot at least 75-80% from the free throw line (Ben Simmons had the lowest free throw percentage (61.3%) among point guards in the 2020-21 NBA season).

Simmons boasts first-rate playmaking and Irving advocates goals. Irving has the advantage over Simmons in being more likely to turn people off drives, while Simmons can easily look over defense, make readings and facilitate easy scoring options.

The more noticeable problem is that none of these players can do much off the ball on offense, especially Simmons. Irving’s outside shots could widen defenses and open lanes.

However, Simmons’ lack of a jumpshot could see him being used heavily in pick-and-rolls. His passing of the pick and roll could prove valuable to the Nets offense.

Despite all the criticism, Simmons could turn out to be a good fit if the Nets figure out how best to play with Irving and Durant.


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