Brett Brown has said on multiple occasions he wants Ben Simmons to shoot regularly from behind the arc. Simmons has attempted five 3-pointers this season.
The apparent disconnect between the 76ers coach and skilled ball handler looms over an otherwise successful team. Philadelphia improved to 24-14 with its 120-113 win over the Thunder on Monday night.
Before the contest, Brown shouldered blame for the lack of jumpers by Simmons but did not provide a plan to correct course.
"Evidently I have failed, and it's something that we're all mindful of, and this is one of these things that is never gonna go away," Brown told reporters. "The attention this has received is remarkable. But I guess I helped fuel it, and I own it. I've got to help him find this, and most importantly, he has to help himself."
— Keith Pompey (@PompeyOnSixers) January 6, 2020
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Simmons has been criticized by those within and outside the Philadelphia organization for not evolving his game to include long-range shooting, which continues to be his singular but glaring weakness.
He played well against the Thunder following Brown's public message, scoring 17 points, grabbing 15 boards and dishing eight assists. The effort kept him on an All-Star trajectory.
But Simmons did not attempt a 3-pointer in Monday night's game.