12 hours ago
Let’s start off with team MVP, DPOY, and overall best player. Joel is the backbone of this team, and the stats show it. Joel was +373 on the season, and +143 in the playoffs. If only we had a backup center, I probably wouldn’t be writing this Joel was there through everything. The only reason I’m not giving him an A+ is because of his slight regress in the playoffs. Whatever you want to say with the knee pain and sickness, I believe there’s no excuse to play as poor as Joel did some of those games. He has to improve on his ball handling, being more aggressive and getting in the block, and obviously his shooting, but that’s the least of his worries.
This is an interesting one. I think it’s safe to say that we expected a bit too much out of Ben Simmons at the start of this season, as he came out of the gate with (still) a non-existent jump shot. As time went on, we got used to that, and all we wanted was for him to just attack the rim, not even to bother with the jump shot. At times he couldn’t even do that right. By far, Ben is the most frustrating player I’ve ever watched, only because I know how dominant he can be. Heading into a contract year next year, improvements have to be made to the jumper, and he needs to just keep attacking the rim.