Ben Simmons made his long-awaited comeback as he played his first game for the Nets against his former team Sixers. Visit for NBA preseason updates here!
Tyrese Maxey and the Philadelphia 76ers spoiled Ben Simmons’ debut for Brooklyn Nets and his return on the hardwood after missing an entire year. He last played during the infamous game 7 loss against the Atlanta Hawks.
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The 6’10 point guard finished with six points, five assists, and four rebounds in only 19 minutes of action. Brookly Nets lost the game over Sixer with the scoreline of 127 – 108. Tyrese Maxey’s 20 points and Korkmaz’ 15 points and 4 assists led the Sixers to thrashed Nets in the Barclay Center.
Observations from Ben Simmons’ Nets debut
In the 19 minutes action in the first half – it is very evident that Simmons’ scoring aspect didn’t change at all. He still struggles in the 3 point line, he is not even aggressive in attacking the defense despite his size. Maybe it is because he needed some time to develop and blend with the team coming into the season.
His passing is still subpar excellent. With his size, athleticism, and ability to read the movement, he will have the capability to execute flashy passes. There were a series of possessions in which he showcased his ability to adapt with Kyrie and Durant playing style.
Lastly, his defense. Even this is just a first preseason game for him, it is worthy to anticipate how he will elevate the Nets’ defense as he displayed when he was with Sixers. He is capable of deflecting dribbles, rejecting mid range, dunks, layups, and even three point shots. His athleticism also adds a huge help in one-on-one situations.
Furkan Korkmaz’ brilliant performance against the Nets.
The Turkish veteran Furkan Korkmaz is entering his sixth season with the Philadelphia 76ers and expected to have a bounce back season with a roster spot also on the line.
The Sixers made a few signings on Danuel House and De’Anthopny Melton who also played in the same position with Korkmaz. The Turkish is expected to fight and maintain his roster spot. Korkmaz made a statement after scoring 15 points, 4 assists, and 2 rebounds to maintain his roster spot.
“I see all those signings and new players coming,’ he said after the game against the Nets. “This is normal, this is the nature of basketball. The way (that) I ended last year, I’m not offended or pissed off at anybody of who they are signing and everything but, at the end of the day, if I can be myself, I know what I’m capable of and what can I do. So I’m just gonna try and do my best and give the team whatever it takes to win the championship and I think I’m gonna be a huge part of it,” Korkmaz said in an interview.
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