Mar 3, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (25) and center Joel Embiid (21) reacts in front of Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) after a turnover during overtime at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Wizards play-by-play announcer Justin Kutcher is not a fan of Ben Simmons. That much is clear.

Simmons, who was recently named an NBA All-Star but missed the game due to contact tracing, is currently dealing with COVID-19 protocols before he can return. While his stat line remains solid, the fourth-year Philadelphia Sixers star has definitely picked up a fair share of detractors. He’s prone to making questionable turnovers and has been accused of being less than aggressive at times. Still, Simmons remains one of the NBA’s best passers and is in line to potentially win Defensive Player of the Year.

Even though Simmons was unavailable to play in Friday night’s game against the Washington Wizards, that certainly didn’t stop Kutcher, who joined the Wizards booth in 2019, from lobbing some very direct bombs in his direction in an attempt to encapsulate his feelings over Tobias Harris’s All-Star snub.

“I’ve said it before and I know I’ll take flack for it…I think Ben Simmons is one of, if not the most, overrated players in the NBA. And he’s gotten so much love and attention that people aren’t paying attention to what Tobias Harris is actually doing on the floor.” 

Not one to back down, Kutcher also took to Twitter following the game to double down.

With that, he dropped the mic and walked away, though not before responding to pushback from a former NBA scout.

While there might be a point to be discussed in there regarding Simmons’s overall value, sometimes how you make your point can overshadow what the point actually is. And that seems like the case here as the overwhelming sentiment from others appears to be that Simmons may be many things, but overrated isn’t really one of them. And while Tobias Harris probably deserved to be an All-Star, that wasn’t Simmons’s fault and he didn’t quite deserve that kind of dragging.

The Sixers, who are currently 26-12 and in first place in the Eastern Conference, and who finished their season sweep of the Wizards on Friday, seem to be in pretty good shape, regardless of how Ben Simmons is perceived.

[Sixers Wire]

About Sean Keeley

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