In some sense, it’s progress that Ben Simmons is playing at all. Of course, expectations tend to be higher when you’re making north of $35 million a year, and Simmons’ early Nets tenure has been anything but encouraging, looking every bit like someone who hasn’t played competitive basketball in 16 months.

Through 83 largely uneventful minutes, Simmons has produced 17 points, 18 rebounds, 21 assists, 11 turnovers, two blocked shots and one steal. The majority of those minutes have been spent in foul trouble, including Monday night's loss to Memphis when Grizzlies All-Star Ja Morant bated Simmons into his sixth foul, sending him to an early shower for the second time in three games.