Did you create The Ben Simmons Improvement Plan as an indictment of his ability?
No way. I think Ben Simmons is one of the most talented rookies the NBA has ever seen. If you want to gripe about the semantics, he's flat-out one of the best 21-year-old players we've ever seen. I created this as a testament to his ability to become a future Hall-of-Famer, and this will elucidate my thoughts on how to ensure he reaches that level.
What makes you qualified?
I'm a basketball nerd who's not just infatuated with advanced statistics, breaking down offensive sets, and actually watching NBA games; I'm keenly interested in the application of biomechanics, physics, anatomy, and kinesiology to sports and I love challenging my preconceived notions about how the body works, or what makes players and teams succeed in different areas of the game.
If that doesn't tell you much, here are some of my predictions I have based off my studies:
1) Dennis Smith Jr. will have chronic injury problems to his knees and anything below them
2) Player who flare their non-dominant foot will always be more accurate free-
throw shooters then players who point "10 toes to the rim"
3) The way LeBron runs (landing on toe instead of heel) has allowed him to be nearly impervious to non-contact injuries
4) Brandon Ingram will have chronic struggles with his jump shot
Predictions are inherently born with assumptions — usually, the person making the prediction assumes there will be either stasis or punctuated equilibrium — a long period of no change or a period of rapid change. If Brandon Ingram gets traded to the Spurs tomorrow, presumably Chip Engelland will fix his shot thus rendering my prediction incorrect.
What's in The Plan?
Chapter 1: Shooting
Chapter 2: Passing
Chapter 3: Defense
Chapter 4: Transition Plays
Chapter 5: Half-Court Plays