It’s almost a certainty that LSU forward Ben Simmons will be the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft on Thursday night.
But will he be a stud or a bust for the Philadelphia 76ers?
ESPN’s Sports Science recently took a deeper look at the what makes him an asset and some of his liabilities, most notably of which was his jump shot.
At 6-foot-10, it isn’t the first time Simmons’ jumper has been the subject of scrutiny. It was even suggested earlier in the year that Simmons shoots with the wrong hand when taking jumpers.
The ESPN clip points out that despite making 56 percent of his field goals, Simmons’ release on his jumper is slower than the NBA average.
But it’s also quick to note that he makes up for that by often times eliminating the need to shoot the jumper by creating easy attempts around the basket. That and his other strengths, like passing ability, are what caught the eye of the 76ers, who have the first overall pick.
You can watch the full ESPN Sports Science segment here.