Former NBA participant turned New York Knicks analyst Wally Szczerbiak is annoyed with the Brooklyn Nets this season, particularly with three-time All-Star guard Ben Simmons.
A couple of NBA betting websites present the Nets with the sixth-best odds to win the championship in 2023. Nonetheless, a number of sportsbooks are giving the Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics larger odds within the Jap Convention.
“He’s alleged to be a very good defender… [the Nets] have been giving up 125 factors per recreation and so they obtained their coach fired as a result of they may cease anyone.”
“Ben Simmons is so overrated you possibly can’t even put him within the recreation anymore.”
Wally Szczerbiak on Ben Simmons
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“Most overrated participant is Ben Simmons. It’s not even shut,” Wally Szczerbiak mentioned Monday night time on MSG Community. “The man couldn’t even play within the playoffs two years in the past.
Then, he was scared to get on the court docket all of final yr. The man is scared to shoot. He’s the primary decide within the NBA draft and you’ll’t even get him on the basketball flooring.”
The Knicks analyst made various truthful factors. By seven video games this season, Simmons is averaging profession lows of 5.6 factors, 6 rebounds, 6.6 assists, and 1.1 steals.
Former Knicks wing Wally Szczerbiak says Ben Simmons is ‘essentially the most overrated NBA participant’ within the league right now
If Simmons isn’t overrated to followers, he’s undoubtedly overpaid. In July 2019, the guard signed a five-year, $155 million contract extension with the Philadelphia 76ers.
This season, the guard is incomes $35,448,672. He’ll make as a lot as $40,338,144 within the 2024-25 season. Simmons missed all of final season attributable to a contract dispute, again damage, and psychological well being issues.
In February, the 76ers traded Simmons, Seth Curry, Andre Drummond, a 2022 first-round draft decide and a 2027 first-round draft decide to the Nets for James Harden and Paul Millsap.
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A number of NBA analysts thought the guard would make his season debut within the Nets’ first-round playoff collection in opposition to the Boston Celtics. Nonetheless, he by no means made an look.
“He’s alleged to be a very good defender,” continued Wally Szczerbiak. “He was taking part in for the Brooklyn Nets, and so they have been giving up 125 factors per recreation and so they obtained their coach [Steve Nash] fired as a result of they couldn’t cease anyone.
“Ben Simmons is so overrated, you possibly can’t even put him within the recreation anymore. It’s a bit of little bit of a disgrace.”
Moreover, the Nets are 4-6 proper now. They play the Knicks tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET. This matchup will air dwell from Barclays Heart on ESPN.