Internet has field day after Ben Simmons' first career three

Oct 9, 2019

Where were you when Ben Simmons made his first career three-point shot?

This was the prevailing question on social media this fine NBA Wednesday, even with the Nuggets' Michael Porter, Jr. seeing action for the first time since God knows when, Tyler Herro looking like a steal for the Miami Heat, and Chris Paul ushering in a new era for Oklahoma City.

Still, the biggest headline today was the former Rookie of the Year blessing us with his first-ever conversion from long range.

During a preseason game.

Against the Guangzhou Long-Lions.

In a 144-86 blowout.

When the Sixers was up, 79-41, to end the first half.

Accuse us of exaggeration, but Ben's first career three is just that big of a deal — especially if you consider the mockery that he had to endure in his sophomore campaign for his aversion to shooting. In a recent interview with the Associated Press, he admitted falling in love with the game again this summer after losing the "enjoyment side of it" last season.

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"I'm ready to be who I am as a player, continue to develop, keep working," the one-time All-Star said. "It's a process. It takes time. Obviously, people always want to see results straightaway but that's not how things work."

Footage of the one-time All-Star draining jumpers and long bombs during pickup games have been circulating online in the offseason, but it did little to sway public opinion. His historic field goal from deep in an actual game — no matter the circumstances — is enough proof that Ben is for real.

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    Just like how his teammates and the home crowd at the Wells Fargo Center erupted, the Internet also blew up in response to Ben's landmark shot. We could only imagine the reaction of the rest of the city of Philadelphia after seeing one of their franchise cornerstones get over his proverbial hump.

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    So, what are we going to do with these memes now?

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    His three was so epic that it convinced sports analysts that Ben is an early candidate for Most Valuable Player (or something in a similar vein).

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    Never mind the Sixers' starting lineup resembling the Monstars even after the NBA's new measurements, rookie Matisse Thybulle showing out on the defensive end, and Darko Milicic holding a basketball for the first time since 2012 somewhere in Serbia — Ben's latest tweet, albeit posted hours before "The Shot," perfectly summed up what his fans have to be feeling right now.

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