Take a quick look at Ben Simmons’ career stats. The giant 0 under 3-point percentage is hard to miss.
But guess what happened in last week’s preseason game between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Guangzhou Loong Lions of the Chinese Basketball Association?
You bet he finally made one!
While he didn’t score that 3-pointer against an NBA team, everybody is suddenly talking about Simmons becoming a legit 3-point shooter.
Ben Simmons just broke the internet 👌😱 pic.twitter.com/DI1hYRGXqB
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) October 9, 2019
Is Ben Simmons a good bet for 3-point shots?
Did Sixers fans get a glimpse of Ben Simmons 2.0 last week? Or was last week’s successful 3-pointer more like a one-hit wonder?
That’s the premise behind these DraftKings futures bets:
Keep in mind, the two potential bets mentioned above only apply to regular-season games. He could attempt another 20 during the preseason and make 10 of them, but none of it counts.
In his previous two seasons in Philadelphia, the 6-foot-10 point guard has attempted a combined total of 17 3’s.
Obviously, those attempts need to go way up if Simmons is suddenly going to become a threat from beyond the arc.
Whether or not he suddenly attempts more than 65 of them in a single season remains to be seen. So is it worth the risk?
If Simmons drastically increases those shot attempts, making more than 16.5 three-pointers during an 82-game regular season could be within reach. Right?
Well, DraftKings is ready to take the action.
Or does it matter for the 76ers and winning the East?
In reality, when the 76ers open the regular season on Oct. 23 against the Boston Celtics, the Simmons betting market is not what everyone will be talking about. In theory.
On paper, Philadelphia making it to the NBA Finals is going to attract much more betting action.
Here are the latest Eastern Conference futures from DraftKings:
- Milwaukee Bucks +150
- Philadelphia 76ers +220
- Boston Celtics +700
- Brooklyn Nets +1200
- Toronto Raptors +1400
Then there are the NBA championship futures:
- LA Clippers +325
- LA Lakers +420
- Milwaukee Bucks +650
- Philadelphia 76ers +700
- Houston Rockets +800
If the Sixers and Joel Embiid are going to live up to these high expectations, Simmons will once again need to play a major role. The All-Star is averaging 16.4 points, 8.5 rebounds, 7.9 assists for his career.
So in reality, shooting, or the lack thereof, will come as an added bonus to his team and possibly bettors.
Just ask ESPN’s Jalen Rose.