“First of all, I want him to be aggressive every single game, whether he is making plays or whether he should look for his shot, he has to be aggressive and make guys on the other team guard him.”

Against the Thunder, two of Simmons’ five field goals were pull-up jumpers, one from 9 feet and the other from 14.

“Like tonight, we saw it, I was really excited when he made those two shots,” Embiid said. “He is starting to be comfortable, he is getting back to where he was right before the All-Star break, so he has to keep doing it.”