76ers Ben Simmons inspires #RaiseTheCat celebratory tradition

Ben Simmons wants Philadelphia 76ers fans to raise their cats in the air, to celebrate the team’s wins.

He and Doug McDermott are the only two players from the last 20 years in college basketball to put up over 20 points while shooting at least 54 percent from the field, 46 percent from the 3-point line and 85 percent from the foul line. That kind of ability to space the floor and create offense from the perimeter has value in today’s NBA, where there is always a need for efficient scorers off the bench.

Lydon had a rough start to the year, but he has really picked it up over the last month and a half, starting with a 29-point, nine-rebound game against Georgetown. Since that point, he’s averaged 17.2 points, 8.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.8 blocks per game on 55.4/51.0/86.5 shooting.

True floor-spacing 4s continue to be incredibly valuable in today’s NBA, and Lydon will be no different when he enters the draft despite the defensive translation questions that abound with every Cheap Elite Nike NFL Jerseys Syracuse prospect.

So his vaunted arm strength should return, but a mental rebound also is key for Newton. His body and confidence were rattled in his worst year as a pro. The smiling Superman in 2016 became a shell of the MVP he was in ’15, as efficiency, accuracy and legs all let him down, tied to limited help from his line Cheap Dream Team Jerseys and wideouts. His game became tentative after a season in which he did so much.

The Panthers couldn’t just rely on Newton working it out on his own as a seventh-year player. They needed ways to facilitate his skill set, quickly and safely. They were smart to focus on the edges of their offense.

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