Watch 76ers’ Ben Simmons Make the First 3-Pointer of His NBA Career

Ben Simmons. Photo by Martin Cole/ProSports/REX/Shutterstock

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.