Danny Green: Ben Simmons Deserves Support Of Sixers Fans

Veteran shooting guard Danny Green said 76ers fans should stand by teammate Ben Simmons, even when things aren’t going perfectly.Danny Green

“They need to be riding with us, regardless of how things are going,” Green said on the Takeoff with John Clark Podcast, courtesy of the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Keith Pompey.

The 76ers finished with the best record and No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, before being eliminated by the Hawks in the second round of the playoffs.

Green said the Sixers sometimes got booed at home in spite of the winning season.

“But, with a guy like Ben and other guys, I think [fans] need to stick behind them, and stick by them as long as they can, until the horn blows,” Green said. “And even then, he’s here. He’s given so much to the organization and the city, on and off the court, that he deserves that respect and that support.

“I hope that things turn for him and the city of Philly, so where they don’t have that mantra as fans of being cold, rough, and one of the worst in the league, because we had a great time this year. We had a great outing.”

Simmons, 24, has been the subject of trade rumors since the playoff run ended, with his shooting struggles drawing the most ire.

That said, he still finished with averages of 14.9 points and 6.9 assists last season, finishing second in Defensive Player of the Year voting. And for all the grief he takes about his jumper, he is shooting 56 percent from the field for his career.

Nonetheless, the Sixers have already started fielding trade offers for the veteran guard/forward, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

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