Ben Simmons used to be an elite player in the NBA. However, things have gone south for him over the last couple of years. It mostly started in the 2021 playoffs when Simmons was awful against the Atlanta Hawks. Overall, the Sixers fanbase turned on him and it ruined his confidence. Subsequently, he held out from the Sixers and forced them to trade him. Last year, they made it happen as he was sent to the Brooklyn Nets. As we all know, he never played a single game with them until this season.
Although, it is not like Simmons was especially good in the games that he did play. Simmons was doing nothing on offense as he seemed scared to shoot the ball. While he did rack up assists, it was not what the Nets were expecting of him. Besides, it was all for nothing as Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving were promptly traded from the team. Now, Simmons is still with the Nets, but he hasn't played in weeks. This is due to lingering back issues that have left Nets fans completely frustrated.
Where Is Ben Simmons?
Recently, Brian Lewis of The New York Post asked Nets head coach Jacque Vaughn about Simmons. Essentially, fans should not expect to be back on the court, anytime soon. "Yeah, I think first of all I'll just be pretty simple. He's still managing his back and knee soreness," Vaughn said. "He's back home in Brooklyn. We'll get a chance to kind of see where he's at when we get back home after this trip." Overall, this is just more of the same from Simmons. He is never healthy when his team needs him to be, and at this point, it is hard to imagine him ever being a star again.
There have been reports that Simmons' trade value is completely cooked. No one is trying to acquire him as he would just be dead weight. It is a harsh reality that the Nets will now need to deal with. Stay tuned to HNHH for more news from the sports world. Additionally, let us know what you think of this, down in the comments below.