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Like him, hate him, Stephen A Smith is never lacks an opinion. At times you need SPF 100 because he’ll scorch you with a hot take. But Smith recently joined John Clark for an interview to talk all things Sixers as they look to advance to the Eastern Conference finals for the first time since 2011. And a popular topic of conversation was Sixers star Ben Simmons.

“Ben Simmons is a jump shot away from being the second coming of Lebron James,” Smith told Clark. “Everything else is there. Hes my defensive player of the year. But the bottom line is he cant shoot a lick from the perimeter. He doesn’t even try. And as a result (the defense) can collapse or venture out to other players on the perimeter. You need Ben Simmons on the court, no question. But what you dont need is for Ben Simmons not to be ANY kind of threat from the perimeter. Which is his problem, which is why this will be a tough series for them.”

Sadly, I see no lies. You might say to yourself “yea, no kidding Stephen A.” but the fact that the national media recognizes everything that Ben Simmons does well, while also acknowledging how good he could be if he just added a shot, is reaffirmation for a lot of Sixers fans who have been begging him to develop a jumper.

Stephen A. Smith also gave his thoughts on the Sixers chances against the Brooklyn Nets. Check out the full interview here.