This is a very interesting article to write. Should the Chicago Bulls consider trading for Ben Simmons? If you’re an NBA fan and watched the Eastern Conference Semifinals, you may be on the fence about this. Or you may be a realist and wonder, “Do the Chicago Bulls have enough assets to land him?”.
Either way, NBA fans learned one thing about Ben Simmons. He’s not a number one or a number two on a championship team. However, with the right pieces around him, Simmons could be a player who helps a franchise reach the ultimate goal.
Questions are swirling about Ben Simmons’s ability to man the point guard position on a championship team. Simmons’s coach, Doc Rivers, didn’t know how to answer that question, as evidenced in the video above.
Simmons struggled mightily with his decision-making and was a complete non-factor scoring the rock in the fourth quarter of this series. He also now holds the NBA record for the worst free-throw percentage in postseason history. Whether the “Hack-a-Simmons” strategy was engaged or he was fouled in the paint, Simmons couldn’t get it done from the charity stripe, as he shot 25-73 from the free-throw line. That equates to 34.2%, which is historically bad.
Obviously, this wasn’t the best performance of Simmons’s career, but can he contribute at a high level? Simmons brings elite vision, above-average defense, and size to fight smaller guards for rebounds. He has experienced success while playing alongside Joel Embid, but he’s never had that “scoring guard” alongside him. Enter Zach LaVine and Nikola Vucevic.
Now, I want to put a disclaimer out there right now. I have no earthly idea how the Chicago Bulls would pull off a move for Simmons. Maybe the Bulls get lucky on June 22’s NBA Draft Lottery and trade a top-four pick? I sure as hell hope not. Or maybe the Bulls trade anyone not named Zach LaVine or Nikola Vucevic to land their own version of a “big three”, which I can honestly live with at this point.
Over 275 career games, Simmons is averaging 15.9 PPG, 9.1 RPG, and 7.7 APG in 33.9MPG while shooting 56% from the field and 59.7% from the charity stripe. He’s a three-time NBA All-Star, one-time All-NBA Player, and two-time All-Defensive player.
Ben Simmons is exactly what the Chicago Bulls need — a floor general who can find the open men that can score. He also provides the ability to guard all five NBA positions. Simmons paired with LaVine and Vucevic would instantly present a legitimate threat in the Eastern Conference. Again, this is all hypothetical, but it’s an intriguing situation to ponder in the light of recent questions surrounding Simmons’s ideal role on a contending team.
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