Simmons25 wrote:With all due respect... you aren't a former College/NBA basketballer so I will prefer to take the advice of the hired gun NBA shooting coach that turned Tatum, Beal, Embiid and co into decent shooters.... and who says you most definitely do not scrimmage or even go shooting with mates for 3 months during a shot rebuild.
I'd feel much better if Simmons was with someone like Drew Hanlen than spending time working out with his godfather who happened to be the assistant coach at LSU when Simmons shot completely disappeared and his brother who has been shooting with him since he was changing his nappies.
Right, rebuilding a shot is tough because you're fighting against your body's current muscle memory to go away what feels right to create new muscle memory for your shot(and hopefully make the old way not feel comfortable). If you mix in scrims/games you're more then likely going to do what feels "right" which may be the old shoot form. Once you "retrain" your muscles and feel comfortable shooting correctly, then you go into scrims/games to gain the confidence to utilize your new shot.
It's taken Pascal Siakam 2 years of hard work and wanting to get better shooting the ball to get "good" shooting, you can see the progression in his shot his first 3 years in the NBA, 7 3pt attempts making 1(14%), 2nd year shooting 132 of them making 22% then this year shooting 214 making 37% of them.
Confidence, which is huge at any level, to me is just making sure your mind doesn't mess with your muscle memory. Practice enough can create confidence, doing well in games can create confidence.
Jimmy Butler locked himself into a gym one summer and worked on his game, sure he was a solid roleplayer at that point, but he created the confidence in his abilities to have them translate the next season and became an all-star for the first time.
All in all, Ben Simmons has to put in the work to become a better shooter. Ben is gifted, you can see the work he puts in on his body and his conditioning, I don't know how much work he really puts in on his skills, there's a minimum amount all players put in, does he put more then that to become the player he could be or is he somewhat content with what he is and where his life is at. He seems to have a great life, his drive to become better may not be all that high.
Nick Nurse on Pascal and his shooting from a post game in the FInals(last night)...