The Ben Simmons 3-point debate can officially be put to rest.
The Philadelphia 76ers star sank his first career trey on Wednesday in front of a home crowd against the Knicks, ending an 0-for-17 streak that spanned 171 games over three NBA seasons. The corner shot over an understandably lax Mitchell Robinson was his first attempt this season.
Simmons, the top pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, has thrived despite his shooting limitations, winning Rookie of the Year in 2018 or getting an All-Star nod in 2019. Still, his lack of 3-point prowess had become a running joke among NBA fans, if not his opponents.
“It’s not that I don’t need to do it,” Simmons said about his 3-point work during the preseason. “I’m confident in saying I’m not a great shooter. I’m getting better, though.”
And now, he have the stat line to show it.