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“I don’t think he needs a jump shot. He’s just got to do what he does best” — Seth Curry defends Ben Simmons

One teammate that has Ben Simmons' back is ironically one of the best shooters in the league, Seth Curry.
Brooklyn Nets guard Seth Curry celebrates a basket with guard Ben Simmons

Seth Curry and Ben Simmons

Brooklyn Nets All-Star Ben Simmons has become remarkably underrated despite his shooting discrepancies. His shooting and mental health struggles are worth noting, but that doesn't take away Simmons being a supreme defender, playmaker, and positive contributor on the floor. Many, including his teammates in Brooklyn, still believe that Simmons can offer much more than advertised.

Forget the shooting for a sec

One teammate that has Simmons' back is ironically one of the best shooters in the league, Seth Curry. According to Curry, it doesn't matter if Simmons can't shoot because he can be more comfortable and practical in other ways. Let's not forget that before Simmons' messy breakup with the Philadelphia 76ers happened, he was one of the best defensive players and playmakers in the league.

"I don't think he needs a jump shot. He's just got to do what he does best – which is defend, rebound, push the ball, make plays for other people and attack the rim. When you've got the size and talent like him, who takes not one but two and sometimes three guys to stop him getting to the rim, that is a lot in itself," Curry said, per The Australian. "He's a multiple [time] All-Star right now for a reason. If he can add knocking down free throws at a higher clip, it's going to allow him to be unstoppable once he puts his head down."

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Although his current reputation suggests different, Simmons is still a perennial All-Star who has averaged 15.9 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 7.7 assists throughout his four active years in the league. One can argue that the concern of employing Simmons isn't about his struggles on the court but outside, as he hasn't played a single game in more than a year.

The real challenge for Simmons

Since Simmons hasn't played an NBA game in more than a year, Curry understands that it will be challenging for the 3-time All-Star to get up to game speed. However, the good news for the Nets point-forward is that he's had more than 1 whole calendar year to rehab his back issues and attempt to get his mental health in the right place.

"There are always challenges. Foremost, he has missed a whole season. It is going to be a challenge getting his rhythm back playing basketball," Curry said. "I don't know specifically what he has been through, mentally – that's hard for me to comment on – but having that year off, having that time off, of competing and playing five-on-five basketball is going to be just as hard ... just taking some time and getting re-acclimated to playing high-level basketball, but he is a special talent, has all the skills. The Nets need him on the floor."

On the downside, Simmons' situation with the Nets remains uncertain as Brooklyn is currently in the middle of trade negotiations for Kevin Durant and possibly Kyrie Irving. Who knows if Curry or even Joe Harris will also be shipped out? And more importantly, what if the Nets also decide to move on from Simmons this summer?

The next few months will determine whether or not Brooklyn is willing to be patient with Simmons and his struggles. 

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