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Ben Simmons may switch to shooting righty this season?

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Markelle Fultz may not be the only Philadelphia 76er looking to improve his shooting stroke for the coming NBA season.

In the latest edition of his weekly newsletter, Marc Stein of the New York Times reported that there is a belief that Sixers star Ben Simmons will be switching to shooting righty for the 2018-19 campaign.

“Also remember: It’s August, people. Don’t get too heated here — not over this,” Stein wrote after including the reigning Rookie of the Year on his NBA All-Lefty team in honor of Left Handers Day. “If Simmons goes all righty this season, as some expect, we will adjust.”

Simmons, who averaged 15.8 points per game on 54.5 percent from the field in his rookie year, can get to the rim and score there at will. But his 0-for-11 season total on three-point attempts (mostly halfcourt heaves) and his 56.0 percent free throw shooting indicate that a change may be necessary.

The 22-year-old has also been dropping some other hints recently that such a change may be in order, so that will certainly be a prime storyline to monitor as the Sixers look to build on their 52-win 2017-18 season.

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