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“I looked up, and Ben was like dunk the fu***ng ball"- Kevin Durant speaks out on Ben Simmons’ recent impact on the Brooklyn Nets

Kevin Durant discusses all things basketball, including the recent rise of teammate Ben Simmons
Kevin Durant & Ben Simmons

Kevin Durant & Ben Simmons

Brooklyn Nets forward Ben Simmons is starting to find himself again, and his teammates are starting to take notice, including franchise superstar Kevin Durant.

After his relationship with the Philadelphia 76ers fell apart, the Australian native was traded to the Nets in a deal that landed guard James Harden in Philly.

Simmons was away from the hardwood for over a year and experienced a slow start to begin this campaign, which included being relegated to the bench.

Following his underwhelming production, talks around the league started to surface on whether Sean Marks and the Nets front office should explore dealing the 26-year-old.

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Simmons is starting to find his feet

Those talks haven't lasted long, however, as Simmons has turned the corner and is starting to put together a string of performances reminiscent of his previous All-Star form.

With his uptick in production, superstar teammate Kevin Durant discussed Simmons' recent form and its impact on the roster while sitting down with Eddie Gonzalez on the ETCs Podcast.

"When you look at the measurables, you look at 6'10" that can handle the ball, get into the paint, finish, and that could cause so much momentum when he has the ball, and that's what he did. He drew people into the paint, kick out, brings the ball up the court, kicks the ball ahead. That's the thing with him, he kicks the ball ahead, and that's key. He hit me on some 2K s**t, like if you know a dude is going to miss a free throw, you already know you are going to go score. So Ubanks misses a free throw, and he (Simmons) is already looking at me before the shot goes up. And I'm drifting, I never get those, I'm never getting catch and euro to a dunk.

What really stood out to me, and I told somebody this yesterday, we had ran a play after a timeout where I faked the handoff, and I'm going back door every time. He threw the backdoor, and I saw somebody shifting over, and I kicked it to Joe (Harris). He missed the shot and I looked up, and Ben was like 'dunk the fuc'ing ball', and I was like 'all right my bad, I was open?' and he was like 'yeah dunk that sh't.'

That's the type of stuff I like though."

Simmon's resurgence could be the difference for the Nets

In his last three games, Simmons has registered 15 points, 13 rebounds, and 7 assists against the Portland Trailblazers, 22 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 assists against the Memphis Grizzlies, and 11 points, 7 rebounds, 11 assists, 3 steals and 3 blocks against his former employer the Philadelphia 76ers.

Throughout the last three games, the former number 1 overall pick is a +23 on the floor and shooting over 80% from the field. If Simmons continues to figure it out and the Nets continue to gel as a group, writing them off as contenders in the East may have been slightly premature. 

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