We all know Ben Simmons is a talented defender, but what could he bring to the Sacramento Kings offensively?
Simmons also offers the Kings something teams seldom have in their starting lineup: tertiary playmaking. Being a top-notch passer in his own right, you can be rest assured that a Kings offense involving all three of Fox, Haliburton and Simmons will have the ball zipping all over the floor, for better or worse.
It also gives Simmons an opportunity to play off-ball alongside capable passers, something he was never able to do in Philadelphia with the dearth of playmaking they have in their starting five. He could serve as the roll man in P&R plays with Fox for easy finishes at the cup, and he could prove himself as a reliable lob target for either of his guards.
He isn’t exactly lighting up the corners off-screens or off-the-catch, but you could imagine scenarios where Simmons and Fox come off screens and attack the basket. With Haliburton’s excellent shooting, that could create just enough gravity to leave paint room to be exploited by Fox’s quick-twitch athleticism and Simmons’ strength.
Notice how I didn’t mention Barnes’ outside shooting and Holmes as a rim-runner? Basketball jargon aside, this hypothetical Sacramento Kings team has the potential to be exciting in the open court.