“It was only Summer League.”
“Look who he played against!”
“He still can’t shoot.”
Such qualifiers are technically true, albeit naïve, because it only took watching Ben Simmons control the Summer League court with a smooth fluidity for a matter of minutes to see that there’s something special there – signs of superstardom.
Simmons plays the game with a poise, maturity, and wisdom well beyond his age, and he doesn’t need to be competing in the NBA Finals for his skillset to jump through the screen and command the observer’s attention. He has natural instincts for the game that can’t be taught or traditionally improved upon, in the way that his jump-shoot can. He’s the rare player that you don’t want to take your eyes off of for fear of missing something spectacular. That’s something that the Sixers haven’t had since the days of Allen Iverson.