By Sally Fahey

Everybody’s got an opinion on the Sixers Ben Simmons and why he doesn’t shoot jumpers, let alone 3-balls.

Coach Doc Rivers has said said in the past that he is not concerned about whether Simmons takes a 3-pointer or not, and Doc joined ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith for a convo:

Stephen A.: You said something recently that I thought was blasphemous. I think that Ben Simmons, is elite this dude is a jump shot away from being LeBron James 2.0 that’s how gifted I think he is. But not only is he not perceived as being a shooter, he doesn’t even attempt to shoot, and Doc Rivers was quoted as saying that’s not that important. First of all is that was that quote accurate than just say that, and if so, why on earth would you say that?

Doc: Because I really believe that. It is important in the long run, let’s be honest, but I want Ben Simmons to play free. I don’t want him to play thinking about shooting a jump shot. I want him to play downhill, get in the paint, make plays, get to the free throw line, something that no one’s ever told them like get to the line as much as possible 10 times a game if you can get there. Then your shot will come, but don’t go into game don’t drive to the arena thinking about ‘man I need to make a three tonight’. No you don’t, you need to play. I asked him a simple question Stephen I’ll ask you if we averaged 120 points this year, do you care where they’re from? Or do you care that we are efficient in doing it? That’s what I’m trying to tell Ben. I think, naturally, those shots will come. He works on them every day. But I don’t want to walk into the game thinking about shooting the jump shot.

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