These Ben Simmons Free Throw Statistics Will Make You Wonder If You Too Can Play In The NBA

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Two years ago this week, Klay Thompson hobbled back onto the court after tearing his ACL in the 2019 NBA Finals to effortlessly sink two free throws late in a tight game, barely grazing the rim on either. It’s impossible to imagine how much furniture Klay needed to move in his head to deliver in that moment, with a daunting 371 day recovery on the horizon.

Former Rookie of the Year, All-NBA selection, and three-time All-Star Ben Simmons was subbed out of the game late in the fourth quarter of Wednesday’s historical loss after going a dismal 4-for-14 at the charity stripe.

“Definitely, I think, mental,” he said after the game, per ESPN’s Dave McMenamin.

When asked about being subbed out in the 4th: “Obviously I got to knock down free throws and step up and do that, but it is what it is. Coach’s decision.”

Simmons, a 60% career free throw shooter, has regressed so far in the playoffs he can no longer stop his face from hiding it. Every trip to the line, Simmons looks like he just realized he left his son behind while his family takes a trip to France.

The 24-year-old is shooting 33% (22/67) from the free throw line in the playoffs. Twenty two for sixty seven.  For perspective, Seth Curry has made 32 of his 67 three-point attempts (48%) during the playoffs.

That’s one way to put it, Magic.

These stats will help you conceptualize how atrocious things have been for Simmons when all eyes are on him.

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