As Ben Simmons prepares to take to the court for the first time in more than a year, he looked at what it would be like to play for the Nets in 2022-23.
After a drama-filled off season for the Brooklyn Nets, the 2022-23 season is just around the corner. In addition to Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving back on the floor, fans are going to be able to see Ben Simmons in a Nets uniform for the first time.
The past year and a half hasn’t been kind to Simmons, who made headlines after he requested a trade from the Philadelphia 76ers that he was ridiculed for prioritizing his mental health. After the blockbuster trade that sent Simmons to the Nets last February, he’ll make his Brooklyn debut on October 19.
In a stacked Eastern Conference, the Nets are expected to be one of the top teams in the league, however, so are the Sixers, who had a solid offseason after falling short in the second round of the 2021 NBA playoffs.
The question is – will Brooklyn be able to beat its Atlantic Division rival in Philadelphia?
Ben Simmons believes the Nets are a better fit for him than the Sixers
in the latest episode of old man and three Along with JJ Reddick and Tommy Alter, Ben Simmons made a guest appearance and spoke about both his new and old team.
When asked where he sees himself fit in with his new teammates, the former sixer said:
“I think with the talent we have and the type of players we have, we will be able to run on the field with ease. 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 do now and what I bring to the game. I guess it’s like Philly on steroids that we had when you were [J.J. Redick] were there.”
Simmons was referring specifically to what the Philadelphia roster looked like when Reddick was there from 2017-19, but if Brooklyn can stay healthy, the Nets should, in theory, be better than the Sixers.
There are a lot of questions about what Simmons will look like playing alongside KD and Kyrie Irving. A back injury prevented him from making the playoffs for the Nets, but after spending the past seven months with Brooklyn, Simmons is all set to play in a matter of weeks.
The Nets will face the Sixers in the preseason on October 3, but their first regular season competition will be on November 22 in Philadelphia. After months of anticipation, this is going to be a game that every NBA fan should have circling on their calendar.