Earlier this week, the Philadelphia 76ers locked up star point Ben Simmons with a five-year contract worth $170 million.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski revealed there are incentives within the contract that could pay him more. If Simmons makes an All-NBA team during the 2019-20 season, he can earn more money.
Simmons has been a pivotal piece of the Sixers resurgence in the Eastern Conference over the last three years.
However, the one knock on Simmons is the fact that he’s not the greatest shooter. To be fair, he’s not even a good shooter. During the 2018-19 playoff run, Simmons did not attempt a shot from beyond the three-point line.
After receiving his big contract, though, it seems Simmons is determined to improve his game.
According to Sixers insider Brian Jacobs, Simmons made shooting his “primary focus.”
Multiple people around the 76ers have told me that Ben Simmons has indeed made shooting his primary focus this offseason. His decision to not play for Australia was mutual, and not a Sixers-issued ultimatum. He has been focused on repetition and practice.
— Brian Michael Jacobs (@BrianMikeJacobs) July 16, 2019
The star guard announced he’s not playing for the Australian National team this summer. Instead, he’s focused on improving his range from the floor.
That’s good news for the Sixers, whose offense would be much more potent with competent shooting from Simmons.
Philadelphia is primed for a bright future after locking up Tobias Harris and bringing in Al Horford in free agency.
The Sixers will enter the season as a favorite in the Eastern Conference.