Jason Kidd gives Ben Simmons a reality check

Jason Kidd


Jason Kidd guides his team against the Phoenix Suns

Newly acquired Brooklyn Nets star Ben Simmons increased his on-field goal percentage and points-per-game in each of his first seasons in the NBA. He’s also one of the top contenders for the 2021 NBA Best Defensive Player title. But the first hit in a three-time All-Star game has always been his lack of a shot. jump jump. He has a three-point career rate of 14.7%. But now that he’s joining a team full of ADCs like Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant and Joe Harris, who will be back next season, his lack of a single jumper will no longer be glaringly weak. much less.

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Jason Kidd gives Ben Simmons a reality check

While Simmons won’t need to have a reliable jump in Brooklyn like he did in Philadelphia, his development of a perimeter game will make the Nets much more dangerous. Former Nets star and Dallas Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd can relate to having trouble shooting early, since he’s a late bloomer in developing a jump. Kidd gives Simmons some advice on his gunfights before the Mavericks take on the Washington Wizards on April 1.

“Everybody is different, everyone has a different journey. Some are tagged together. For some reason I’ve been tagged for everyone who doesn’t shoot, but I can shoot I don’t have to,” Kidd told Brandon “Scoop B” Robinson by Bally Sports.

According to Stat Muse, Kidd shot just 30.4 percent from the three-point line in his first two seasons in the NBA but went on to increase that rate to 35 percent over the next three seasons. He even shot more than 40% from outside the arc in consecutive seasons with the Dallas Mavericks in 2008 and 2009.

“But it’s just a process, you know you can get on with your craft, on the areas where you need to improve. If everyone showed up as Steph Curry in the game, you know it would be boring. So you know that there are different players in this league that do special things and those players have to work on certain areas,” Kidd continued.

“If everyone had the gift of shooting or dribbling like Kyrie, the game would be boring, so everyone had to work on their game. Even the great players you talk to, you know LeBron, and the ones who have played at the highest level, they keep working on their craft. So it doesn’t matter if you can shoot or not, you have to work on that part, dribbling, passing, bouncing back all of that. So I just advise all the young players to keep working.”

Jason Kidd gives Manu Ginobili full compliments

On March 31, NBA insider Shams Charania of “The Athletic” reported that Spurs legend Manu Ginobili will be inducted into the 2022 Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame class. Manu and Kidd were enlisted 5 years apart so they had a lot of battles on the field. Kidd defines Ginobili as a “combated warrior”.

“Sacrifice for the best of the team, [Ginobili] can easily start in this tournament, [but] came on from the bench,” Kidd said of Ginobili each Landon Buford. “It just shows the true talent of what it means to be a real teammate.”

If Simmons can develop a reliable jump ahead of this year’s knockouts, it could pose big problems for the Nets’ opponents.

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