Atlantic Notes: Simmons, Strus, Thybulle, Siakam

Despite improving his already-impressive arsenal, Sixers star Ben Simmons can’t get caught up in settling for jumpers behind the arc this season, Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer writes.

Simmons shocked the Philadelphia crowd as the first half of the team’s preseason game against the Guangzhou Long-Lions came to a close last week, connecting on a deep shot from three-point territory — much to the delight of his fans and teammates alike.

“I know what I’m good at,” Simmons said, according to Pompey. “I know what I’m great at. There’s things I need to work on, but my game is not going to change in a day.

“I’m not going to come out and be shooting lights-out like [Golden State’s] Klay [Thompson] and Steph [Curry] or guys like them. My game is developing, and I work hard.”

As most fans already know, Simmons played the entire 2017/18 and 2018/19 seasons without making a single three-pointer. He appeared in 160 regular season games during those campaigns and finished 0-for-17 from deep, which doesn’t include his lone three-point miss in 22 postseason games.

At 6’10” and 230 pounds, Simmons is known to be one of the most versatile point guards in the NBA. His game would be much more dangerous for opposing defenses if the 23-year-old manages to develop a consistent stroke from three-point territory.

There’s more out of the Atlantic Division tonight:

  • The Celtics moved to sign Max Strus on a two-year deal largely because Strus was willing to add a fully non-guaranteed year in his contract next season, tweets Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe. Strus has impressed Boston officials with his strong efforts in practice, earning a new deal with the organization on Sunday.
  • Sixers wing Matisse Thybulle looks ready to work for a spot in the team’s rotation this season, Derek Bodner of The Athletic writes. Thybulle, 22, had his draft rights traded from Boston to Philadelphia after being selected with the No. 20 pick last June.
  • The Raptors will need even more production from fourth-year forward and reigning Most Improved Player Pascal Siakam in order to be successful again this year, Doug Smith of the Toronto Star writes. “We’ll give him a lot of freedom and a lot of opportunities to continue to expand his game,” head coach Nick Nurse said, according to Smith. “He should be somebody that has a great season. I think he can expand it and maybe (add) five, six points a game to his scoring average.”
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8 thoughts on “Atlantic Notes: Simmons, Strus, Thybulle, Siakam

      • IslandFlava

        Who cares about depth, only 5 guys on the court, depth is great in the RS come the playoffs depth means next to nothing… so what is your point, dude?

        • GoldenJabs

          IslandSnowFlaker, your statement means you know next to nothing, dude.

          • IslandFlava

            I beg of you to enlighten me wise ass? Because your infantile comment doesn’t explain anything, must be another Celtic fan, which explains a lot, right?

        • dynasty in boston

          Point is your team plays great, on paper. Only the games aren’t played on paper.

          When pressured, they fold like a three-dollar wallet.

  1. Reflect

    Has Simmons had other pre-season 3-pointers? I know he had never made one in the NBA, but I dont know if “in the NBA” includes these preseason games.

    • dynasty in boston

      @ Reflect – Simpson makes 1st 3 in his life during pre-season and Filly Faithful foam. They haven’t won anything since Dr J.

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