As Ben Simmons prepares to step out onto the pitch for the first time in over a year, he has been delving into what it will be like playing for the Nets in 2022-23.
After a dramatic off-season for the Brooklyn Networks, the 2022/23 season is just around the corner. Aside from Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving getting back on their feet, fans can get their first glimpse of Ben Simmons in a Nets uniform.
The past year and a half has not been good for Simmons, with headlines nagging after he requested a trade from the Philadelphia 76ers that he is being mocked for prioritizing his mental health. He will make his Brooklyn debut on Oct. 19 after a blockbuster trade that sent Simmons to the Nets last February.
In a stacked Eastern Conference, the Nets are expected to be one of the best teams in the league, as are the Sixers, which are had a solid off-season after coming up short in the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs.
The question is: will Brooklyn be able to outperform its Atlantic Division rival in Philadelphia?
Ben Simmons thinks the Nets are a better fit for him than the Sixers
In the latest episode of Old man and the three with JJ Redick and Tommy Alter, Ben Simmons appeared as a guest and opened both its new and old team.
When asked where he sees himself in relation to his new teammates, the ex-sixer said:
“I think the talent we have and the kind of players we have we will be able to easily master the floor. We have Claxton, who moves incredibly well, Kev, Patty, Kai, Joe. We just got Royce, another great 3 and D guy. I think this team is a great fit for what I’m doing and what I’m bringing to the game right now. I have a feeling it’s Philly on steroids in terms of what we had with you [J.J. Redick] was there.”
Simmons was specifically referring to what Philadelphia’s roster looked like when Redick was there from 2017-19, but if Brooklyn can stay healthy, the Nets should theoretically be better than the Sixers.
There have been many questions about what Simmons will look like playing alongside KD and Kyrie Irving. He didn’t have a chance to appear in the playoffs for the Nets due to a nagging back injury, but after spending the past seven months with Brooklyn, Simmons seems fully prepared to play in a couple of weeks.
The Nets will take on the Sixers preseason on Oct. 3, but their first regular-season match is on Nov. 22 in Philadelphia. After months of anticipation, this will be a game that every NBA fan should have circled on their calendar.
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