MSG Network analyst Wally Szczerbiak said on Monday that Brooklyn Nets guard/forward Ben Simmons is ‘overrated’. To add to the rant, the Nets host the New York Knicks at 7:30pm EST on ESPN.
Simmons has had a terrible start to this season and has been torched on the defensive end. Simmons is averaging 5.6 PPG and is shooting only 43.2% from the field.
On Monday, Simmons was the primary defender on Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic and played a big part in Doncic scoring 36 points. Even though Simmons played just 16 minutes, he had the 2nd-worst plus/minus on the team (-5). Szczerbiak seems to be ranting about all of the above.
“Most overrated player is Ben Simmons. It’s not even close. The guy couldn’t even play in the playoffs two years ago. Then he was scared to get on the court all of last year. The guy is scared to shoot. He’s the first pick in the NBA draft and you can’t even get him on the basketball floor. He’s supposed to be a good defender. He was playing for the Brooklyn Nets and they were giving up 125 points per game and they got their coach fired because they couldn’t stop anybody. Ben Simmons is so overrated you can’t even put him in the game anymore. It’s a little bit of a shame.”
Simmons will look to get himself moving in the right direction on Wednesday when the Nets take on the Knicks.
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Story originally appeared on Nets Wire