DETROIT — More than anything else, Ben Simmons wants to become Mr. Reliable at the foul line.
Asked what he wants to improve, he replied: "Coming into the playoffs, free throws. I need to make my free throws. I think that's one of the main things. … If I'm getting to the line, making free throws, it's going to be hard sending me there."
The rookie point guard is shooting 56.3 percent from the foul line after making 2 of 4 free throws in Wednesday's win over the Pistons. He was just 4 of 11 (36.4 percent) in the Sixers' previous five games.
For now, free-throw shooting and a reluctance to attempt three-pointers are the only downsides of his game. The Sixers aren't concerned that he doesn't take the threes; they realize it will come over time. Simmons intends to work on his long-range shooting this offseason. Right now, his ability to get to the rim compensates for not shooting three-pointers.
But Simmons knows he would be tough to stop by becoming a better foul shooter.
"I'm if knocking it down, it adds another element to my game," he said.