After a disastrous Game 7, it’s looking like Ben Simmons may be on the trading block. And I pray to god the Golden State Warriors don’t make a move on him — especially if it’s a trade involving Draymond Green.
Ben Simmons is likely to be moved this summer but the Golden State Warriors should NOT enter into the bidding war.
Over the past few years, ESPN has convinced us Simmons was some type of superstar. But what tells a different story is the fact that Dwight Howard had a higher usage rate than Simmons against the Hawks! There is no way this would fly in Golden State. Even if they want to make a big move this offseason I doubt Simmons will be their target as there is no way the Warriors are going to throw the kitchen sink to trade for a guy who won’t even be trying to contribute (at the business end of the season) at a higher rate than Dwight Howard.
As well as his usage rate struggles, Ben has plenty of improving left to do at the charity stripe. When it comes to a team like the Warriors that’s not going to cut it. We all know that shooting is a priority for Golden State, and I just don’t see them committing to a guard that shot 33.3% at the line (against Atlanta).
The best argument against trading for Simmons is that he is not even better than Draymond yet.
If the Warriors are to acquire Ben they are likely going to have to give up Draymond, but why make that trade if they’re LOSING the best player in the deal. Draymond Green offers everything that Ben does (passing, defending, etc.), yet Draymond’s veteran leadership and better shooting give him the edge as a player. Not to mention his ability to step his game up in the playoffs. Golden State needs to make trades to fill in the gaps, not replace what they already have in the form of Draymond Green – an experienced playoff performer.
Given these criticisms of Simmons, I still believe he is a very talented young player. However, I don’t believe he is the right fit for the Warriors – a team who is trying to scrape together all they have for one last championship run. I mean they just don’t have time for Simmons to get through his struggles. The Warriors need established players who are ready to win now.