Aussie Ben Simmons has sent the internet into meltdown after sinking his first three-pointer for the Philadelphia 76ers.
Simmons is notorious for the massive hole in his game and worked tirelessly on his shooting from beyond the line in the off-season and fans have been waiting to see when he would take the plunge and go for a three-pointer this season.
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But against the New York Knicks the 76ers point guard was set up in the corner after Furkan Korkmaz, running the offence from the top of the key, delivered a bounce pass to Simmons as the shot clock ticked under 10 seconds.
Simmons, standing wide open — because why would anybody bother guarding him there? — caught the pass and immediately launched a shot from beyond the 3-point line.
Social media went into meltdown after the groundbreaking moment with many excited of the prospect of more shots from beyond the arc.
— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) November 21, 2019
Ben Simmons hit a three pointer in a NBA game, anything is possible.
— Zilla. (@brunzilla) November 21, 2019
Where were you the night Ben Simmons slayed the 3-point line? #TrustTheProcess 🔴🔵
— Maroon Baboon (@maroon_baboon) November 21, 2019
ben simmons currently leads the NBA in 3-point percentage this season
— nbaayy (@nbaayy) November 21, 2019
Ben Simmons first career three as called by all of human history’s greatest moments pic.twitter.com/b92T3o1j8R
— Mickstape (@MickstapeShow) November 21, 2019
me after that Ben Simmons 3 pic.twitter.com/acAEs9Qqyi
— Did the Sixers Win? (@DidTheSixersWin) November 21, 2019
Ben Simmons: *Hits 3 pointer*
Literally everyone: pic.twitter.com/OgrbSPHDmR
— Stephen A. Smith Burner (@SASBurnerAcct) November 21, 2019
No chance for Mitchell Robinson
Knicks center Mitchell Robinson closed in from the post to try to defend the shot. But it was too late. History was made. Simmons’ shot hit the bottom of the net, and Robinson’s helpless left hand will forever be a footnote in this historic NBA moment.
Ben Simmons did the unthinkable Wednesday with a 3-point shot against the New York Knicks. (Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Will Simmons keep shooting?
The 3-point attempt was the first this season from Simmons, who hinted during the offseason of working on his shot with videos of his work from the gym. He vowed in the preseason that “if it’s open, I’ll take it.”
It was open. He took it.
It was his 18th attempt in the third season of his NBA career.
Whether this becomes a more regular occurrence is yet to be seen. Simmons’ skillset is unprecedented. But his shooting woes have marked a glaring weakness in an otherwise potent offensive game.
With Jason Owens - Yahoo Sport US