Ben Simmons took a subtle shot at Giannis Antetokounmpo after their last game against each other in the preseason, implying Giannis himself is not a great shooter. This commentary came after Simmons responded to the criticism that he can't shoot the ball well, or a least shot the ball consistently well, which is now a well-known fact among NBA fans and analysts.
Simmons thinks Giannis is also not a good shooter
In a recent interview with Nick Friedell from ESPN, Simmons talked about his shooting struggles saying that people hate on him for no good reason, saying even if he made shots consistently, people would still say he can't shoot at all. He also mentioned Giannis, implying he is not a great shooter either, knowing about his struggles even from the free-throw line that were so apparent in the playoffs and the NBA Finals.
"They're going to say that regardless. Even if I hit a shot, what are they going to say? 'I still can't.' F---, I can't make everybody happy, you know? ... That's like saying can Giannis [Antetokounmpo] shoot? Can he?"
Giannis improved his shooting while Simmons didn't
In reality, both Giannis and Simmons are subpar shooters that mostly use their physical gifts to take over games and dominate their opponents. However, Giannis really improved his shooting over the years, while Simmons remained on the same level since his rookie season. To put things into perspective, Giannis made 71 out of 242 three-point attempts in the 2021/22 season, which is 29.3 %. On the other hand, Simmons made 5 threes in 34 attempts during his entire career, which is a miserable 14.7 percent.
In a recent game between the Nets and the Bucks, Simmons was in charge of guarding Giannis, which proved to be a good move by the Nets coaching staff because he made Giannis work hard for every basket and limited him offensively. That is where Simmons can be extremely useful for the Nets because even though he is not a great offensive player, his length and upper body strength make him a versatile defender that can match up with anyone in the league, even against Giannis, who is one of the most dominant players in the NBA.