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.