Out injured, Ben Simmons has been working on the little things, pleasing Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown.
Out injured, Ben Simmons has been working on the little things, pleasing Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown. Matt Slocum

Simmons uses time off as a jump-start

Ben Simmons hasn't been able to hit the court for 5-on-5 workouts, so he's working on the little things.

The No.1 overall pick has been practising his much-maligned jump-shot, with Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown saying the Australian has improved mechanics.

"I see improvement with his form," Brown told reporters on Wednesday.

"We've spent a lot of time trying to get his elbow under the ball and have it be more arm than wrist ... that's coming around. But even that is a challenge when it's not sort of against some bodies."

Simmons is still recovering from a fracture in his right foot - an injury sustained on the final day of the 76ers' training camp.

Brown sees Simmons as his team's future star, and future point guard, and has been impressed with the 20-year-old's progress.

"(I notice a) familiarity with our structure," the coach said.

"The recognition of our words, our vocabulary, how do I fit in, how does he fit in within that world, we give him the world. There's a whole responsibility, there's a whole feel to driving the car.

"He's our quarterback, he's running the offence. I think that to do that, even in a script situation, a 5-on-0 situation, it helps."

Simmons, who's yet to make his NBA debut, has been held to just participating in light workouts, and clearly is itching to play competitive basketball again.

News Corp Australia


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