In his first season in the NBA Philadelphia 76ers’ Ben Simmons managed to win the NBA Rookie of the Year Award. His second season saw him getting his first All-Star appearance. And on Tuesday, Simmons achieved another important milestone in his professional career; he managed to make the first 3-pointer of his NBA career.
Although he is considered of the best young basketball players in the world, Simmons struggled with the long-range shots thorough his first two years in the league. Previously he attempted 19 three-point shots since turning pro, and didn’t make a single one. But that all changed in 76ers’ preseason game against Guangzhou Long-Lions.
With the clock winding down in the second quarter, Simmons was left unguarded beyond the three-point line. He dribbled the ball a few times, got his feet set, and then hit a three to give Philly an 82-41 lead. This led to fanatical cheers from the home crowd, as well as an ecstatic reaction from his teammates.
You can check out Simmons’ first three-pointer below.
Ben Simmons’ last made three-point shot before this was at college. He made one against Charleston on November 15th, 2015, while playing basketball with LSU. This also turned out to be the only three-pointer he made during his college career.
Simmons finished the game against Long-Lions with 21 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 assists.