Ben Simmons' passed up dunk is why Warriors shouldn't pursue him
Simmons' abandoned dunk is why Warriors shouldn't chase him, which originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
Here and now, let's put an end to any dream or wish the Warriors acquire Ben Simmons this off-season or anytime soon.
Simmons, an NBA All-Star and All-Defensive First Team pick this season, revealed on Sunday night why he wasn't cut from the warriors' fabric.
In the Philadelphia 76ers' staggering 103-96 loss to the Atlanta Hawks, Simmons was no match for the task. He didn't play like a maximum contract player. And beyond his stats line, there was a game that sums up why Simmons wouldn't fit the Warriors.
With the 76ers trailing two points towards the end of the fourth quarter, Simmons lost Hawks striker Danilo Gallinari and appeared to have a wide open layup or dunk. The 6-foot-11 Simmons didn't do any of these things.
Instead, Simmons passed the ball to flat-footed Matisse Thybulle, who was fouled when it went to the edge.
The 76ers fans at the Wells Fargo Center couldn't believe what they had just seen. One of their superstars seemed too scared to go too far for fear of being fouled and shooting free throws, which is not his forte.
If the Warriors' front office had any inclination to chase Simmons, it should have ended when they saw this sequence.
Simmons' stats in a winner-take-all game 7 on his home seat should give the Warriors or any other team interested in him a break. In 36 minutes on Sunday night, Simmons walked 2-of-4 out of the field, finishing the field with five points, 13 assists and eight rebounds.
Any 76ers starter has done more shots than Simmons. A guy who made just over $ 29 million this season fired FOUR shots in one game while his season was at stake.
Yes, Simmons defense and passing are exceptional qualities, but the Warriors need big players and guys ready to shoot big shots if they want to get back to the NBA mountaintop.
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Steph Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson are determined to return to the NBA finals next season. In those big moments when so much is at stake, players can't be shy. You can't be afraid. The three cores of the Warriors never shrink from the moment, as Simmons did on Sunday night.
That one moment showed why Simmons wouldn't be a good match for the Warriors.
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