Bucks head coach Jacque Vaughn spoke to the media about Bucks player Ben Simmons.
“I realized after that that originally Simmons wasn’t able to do some of the things he was able to do last season because of his injury, when his body didn’t allow him to play yet.” Jacque Vaughn said in the interview.
“I have a great relationship with Simmons now. I expected too much from him last season and I realized afterwards that his body wasn’t up to par.”
“But I think he’s fine now, he’s recovered, so I’ll be asking him to move on.”
“A healthy Simmons allows me to pair him with different teammates and all of those lineup combinations can be successful on offense and defense.”
“As long as Simmons can play at a consistently high level, then our expectations for the future will converge.”
“Opponents will likely have to defend a Simmons with the ball. Once Simmons is running full speed with the ball, then opponents will have to respect Simmons’ presence.”
“Simmons will be our point guard this coming season. If we don’t let him get the ball, then we will still only see the same Simmons from last year in the new season.”
In 2022-23, Simmons appeared in 42 games and averaged 6.9 points, 6.3 rebounds, 6.1 assists, 1.3 steals and 0.6 caps.