Will the Philadelphia 76ers trade Joel Embiid or Ben Simmons?
This is the biggest question revolving around the NBA in anticipation of a wild and incredibly unique offseason in the next couple of months.
If the Sixers decide to separate the two young stars, the Warriors will certainly be in the mix as business partners, as they have valuable first-round choices in the next two drafts along with salaries to match any deal.
However, it is not known who the Warriors would want most among the stars. Last week, Hall of Famer Chris Mullin shared his thoughts on the choice, deciding that Embiid would be the perfect addition to the Warriors. NBC Sports NBA Insider Tom Haberstroh has a different opinion.
“For me it’s Ben Simmons,” Haberstroh told NBC Sports Bay Area.
“I think he’s the perfect person alongside Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, and people might say ‘Hey, he’s in the same role as Draymond Green, why would you choose a guy who duplicates what he does?’ Well, Ben Simmons is much younger than Draymond Green, “Haberstroh explained. “I think if you’re going to acquire someone with the # 2 pick and pack it with next year’s pick received from the Minnesota Timberwolves, I think you have to shoot for a player who will be someone who kind of transitioned to the next stage of this Warriors team. , after Stephen Curry, after Klay Thompson and Draymond Green “.
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At just 24, Simmons already has three full NBA seasons to his credit, winning Rookie of the Year and twice named on the All-Star squad. The most obvious criticism of his game, however, is his reluctance to shoot from the outside, especially from 3 points. He has only attempted 24 3-pointers in his career and has only made two.
“I think in that scenario,” Haberstroh added, “if Ben Simmons came to the Warriors, I think Steve Kerr and the organization could get him to start rolling 3 pointers, and expand on that game he wasn’t willing to do under Brett Brown. “.
Haberstroh sees a potential Embiid trade as a major risk.
“The long-term injury would make me worry a little bit about investing in him long-term in an exchange.”
Obviously Simmons is dealing with a knee injury right now. However, Haberstroh is in love with the fast pace at which the Warriors could operate with Simmons in formation.
“Ben Simmons, even though he has this knee problem at the moment, I think just the speed factor, getting up and down from the floor, would be amazing to see, what Ben Simmons could do with that attack.”
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While the Warriors could push the pace on offense and live in transition, the defensive push Simmons would bring to Golden State is just as tempting. Simmons, 6 feet 10 and 230 pounds tall, has already become an elite defender in the league, capable of defending opponents of all sizes.
“It would be like Andre Iguodala,” Haberstroh said. “You can throw it against many different players and win a Finals MVP in the right situation.”
For that to be the case, the Warriors would obviously have to return to the NBA Finals after completely skipping the playoffs with the worst league record. With Simmons on the roster, however, that dream for Golden State may be much closer to reality.