Harris: Simmons' ability to shoot will improve our team

Andrew Porter
July 29, 2019 - 10:11 am
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The number one storyline surrounding the Sixers heading into the 2019-20 NBA seasons is Ben Simmons and the development of his jump shot. 

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Simmons' teammate, Tobias Harris, was in Los Angeles with Simmons and trainer Chris Johnson earlier this summer working on their games and talked about the importance of Simmons' outside on Monday's First Things First TV show. 

"Last year, for him, he just wasn't confident in shooting it, but still super productive," Harris said of Simmons. "He's like a deer in the front court of just running and getting out in transition. Can get to the rim at will, stronger, can post up, etcetera. For him to add that element now, where teams have to defend that and guard that and just know that he's gonna be able to shoot, improves us as a whole group."

Recent video of Simmons shooting the ball summer pickup games has been a big topic of conversation. You can watch the highlights below. 

Harris was also asked about the growth of already NBA all-stars Joel Embiid and Simmons, in general, with both heading into their third healthy season.

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"I just see their careers going up," Harris said. "You're talking about two guys who are continuing to develop and grow, and already at a young age are at the upper level of the NBA in the talent group. In terms of Joel, he's having a productive summer, getting better, getting healthy. Ben, I was just out in LA with him, training. He's in the gym, working. You're always on my man's jump shot! I was with him in the gym in LA, and he's shooting the ball. He's confident with it. That's all I like to see from him. He's working his tail off every single day getting better."

Harris signed a five-year, $180 new contract with Philadelphia this offseason and says the conversation at the table was about the goal to win a championship. 

"Our organization has made moves to win and to win now," Harris said of the 76ers. "Our window is one to four years, pretty much. We want to win big, and that's what was said in the free agency meeting and that's what I relayed to the team too. I want to win a championship. We put the right pieces together, I love our roster."