Ben Simmons has had a rough start to the season with the Brooklyn Nets, often looking indecisive on the court. Part of this was obviously to be expected, as he is returning from a back injury and missing an entire season. Currently, Ben Simmons is averaging 6.2 RPG, 6.5 APG, and 7.3 APG for the Nets.

Aside from his actual play on the court, Ben Simmons has also had some availability issues, missing the Nets' last two games. Recently, it was reported by Adrian Wojnarowski that the combination of him not playing for the Nets and not being an impactful player currently has frustrated Kevin Durant and "others on the Nets" thus far.

"Ben Simmons has been a source of frustration for Kevin Durant for others on the Nets so far, because he has been unable to stay on the floor with a knee injury but prior to that, he has shown that he's a long way away from being back to an impactful player. It's a big part of the reason why the Nets are at the very bottom of the league defensively. None of this really works. This team was built and reconstructed around the idea that Ben Simmons would have to play a really significant role for this team especially on the defensive end, especially rebounding the basketball and certainly facilitating on offense. There's no indication right now that Ben Simmons is close to being back to anywhere near the player he once was".