Aussies in Summer League: Simmons' passing game on point vs Jazz
Ben Simmons put in another strong performance in his second Summer League game, leading the Philadelphia 76ers to the 86 – 75 victory over the Utah Jazz.
Simmons finished the game with 6 points (2-8 FGs, 2-6 FTs), 6 assists and 7 rebounds in 29 minutes.
All of Simmons’ strengths and weaknesses were on display during the game.
On the weakness side he really struggled with his scoring. At times he looked a touch passive seeking out his own shot, he missed wide open jumpers and shot poorly from the free throw line. He was able to finish on a couple of strong drives late, using his offhand (right) to finish in what is his patented scoring move at the moment.
On the strength side there was the passing which was creative and spectacular throughout. While he was able to rack up highlight assists, it’s also the passing which doesn’t make the highlight reel or box score that impress due to their ability to control the offence and bend the defence.
When you witness a passing game as good as this it’s little wonder Philadelphia view him as their point guard of the future.
He was matched up against legit NBA talent in the game, going against Trey Lyles who was the Jazz’s first pick (no.12) last year. They had an entertaining battle, Lyles was able to get points on the board (22 on 4-17 FGs) but overall Simmons’ defence was good and he made him work.
This was the last game of the Utah Summer League.
Philadelphia will now head to Las Vegas to compete in the Summer League tournament there. First up, the Los Angeles Lakers and their no.2 pick Brandon Ingram on Sunday (Australian time).