Mark it down on your calendars, everybody! Jan. 17, 2019 was the first time that Philadelphia 76ers point guard Ben Simmons attempted a three-pointer this season. But it wasn't what you think it was.
Simmons shoots his first 3 of the season pic.twitter.com/joAjCW0Oie— The Render (@TheRenderNBA) January 18, 2019
Simmons' first shot attempt from downtown occurred because he tried to make an alley-oop pass from beyond the arc in Philly's Thursday matchup against the Indiana Pacers. He failed miserably at it.
While he's no doubt talented, shooting triples (or jumpers of any kind) is not apart of Simmons' overall game despite his formidable offensive skills and point guard's mentality. The 22-year-old and 2016 No. 1 overall pick averages effectively 0.0 three-pointers per game in his career.
Alright let’s compare stats that don’t mean anything: Ben Simmons has now gone 125 games without a 3 point made. Another popular Sixer to do that: Wilt Chamberlain— Chris (@hashtag_chris) January 17, 2019
Perhaps Simmons will eventually add the three-point shot to his game after years and years of focused work, but for now, we will just have to wait and sit through "attempts" like we just witnessed.