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Sport Under fire Simmons makes unwanted NBA history

05:15  18 june  2021
05:15  18 june  2021 Source:   wwos.nine.com.au

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Ben Simmons' foul-shooting woes so far in the playoffs aren't just obvious.

They're basically unprecedented.

The Philadelphia guard is 22 for 67 from the line so far in this postseason. He's down to 32.8 percent after going 4-for-14 in Philadelphia's Game 5 loss to Atlanta in the Eastern Conference semifinals yesterday— and nobody in NBA playoff history, with that many attempts in single postseason, has ever been worse.

The next lowest percentage, among those with at least 67 foul shots in a postseason, is Shaquille O'Neal's 37.4 percent for Miami in 2006 — when the Heat wound up winning the NBA championship anyway.

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"Obviously, I've got to knock down free throws," Simmons said. "I've got to step up and do that."

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a group of people playing with a ball: Trae Young watches as Ben Simmons attempts a free throw in Philadelphia. © AP Trae Young watches as Ben Simmons attempts a free throw in Philadelphia.

There have been 804 other instances in NBA history of a player taking at least 67 free throws in a single postseason. Of those, someone has finished below 50 percent only 23 times, below than 40 percent only five other times — three by Wilt Chamberlain, two by O'Neal.

Chamberlain and O'Neal are all-time greats, and another Hall of Famer — Ben Wallace, part of the 2021 class — would have been worse if he took 67 free throws in the 2006 playoffs. He was 18 for 66 that spring, just 27.3 percent.

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Otherwise, Simmons stands alone right now when it comes to foul-line futility.

Simmons's 10 misses from the line in Game 5 were the most by any player in any NBA game this season. In Philadelphia's three losses to Atlanta in this series, he's a combined 8 for 29 from the foul line. The 76ers have lost those games by a total of 10 points.

76ers coach Doc Rivers has even had to take Simmons out late in some games, including Game 5, because the likelihood of him getting intentionally sent to the line and missing free throws is just too risky.

Ben Simmons walking on the court: Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons wipes his face after missing a pair of free throws. © AP Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons wipes his face after missing a pair of free throws.

"When Ben makes them, we get to keep him in," Rivers said. "When he doesn't, we can't. And that's just the way it is."

Simmons has missed 45 free throws in 10 playoff games. That's more than three total teams have missed in their first 10 games of this postseason; Atlanta missed 35, Phoenix missed 29 and Brooklyn missed 22. The Los Angeles Clippers have missed 46, as a team, through 12 games.

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Simmons made his highly anticipated NBA debut in 2017-18 after the previous season was wiped out by an injured foot. The delay proved to be worth the wait, as 2016's No. 1 overall draft pick consistently stuffed the stat sheet on his way to the NBA Rookie of the Year award. Simmons backed up his 2017-18 Rookie of the Year award by making his first All-Star team in 2018-19. As a 6-foot-10 point guard with no shooting ability outside of the paint, he's one of the more unique players we've seen in recent history , and he's one of only 10 players in the three-point era to average at least 16 points, 8

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Simmons, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 draft, has never been an exceptional foul shooter; he's always been between 56 percent and 62 percent in each of his pro seasons. And it wasn't a big issue in the first half of this season, when he was shooting 67% at the All-Star break. February matched the best free-throw-shooting month of his career with him going 45 of 64, a 70 percent clip.

But he shot 53 percent after the break and has seen the numbers continue to plummet in the playoffs. He's not sure why, either.

"No idea about any of that," Simmons said. "It's on me."

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