Play-by-play analysts usually keep their opinions about players to themselves and call the game. One announcer decided he had to let his take on Philadelphia 76ers’ all-star guard Ben Simmons fly.
Washington Wizards announcer Justin Kutcher shook the sports table Friday night (Mar.12) when he decided to let the world know exactly how he felt about Ben Simmons. While heaping praise for Tobias Harris, Kutcher, in the same breath, called Simmons one of the most overrated players in the NBA.
“I’ve said it before, and I know I’ll take flak for it,” Kutcher began. “I think Ben Simmons is one of if not the most overrated player in the NBA. He’s got so much love and attention that people aren’t paying attention to what Tobias Harris is doing on the floor.”
I’m gonna need y’all to listen to this pic.twitter.com/3XLaNBypkp
— BEAN 🏁🏁🏁 (@MGRADS) March 13, 2021
His hot take drew a reaction from retired hooper and current ESPN NBA analyst Kendrick Perkins.
“Did he just say that Ben Simmons is the most overrated player in the league? Shame on him. This gotta be the most disturbing thing I’ve heard all year. He do realize that Simmons is the front runner for DPOY?! #ridiculous”
Did he just say that Ben Simmons is the most overrated player in the league? Shame on him. This gotta be the most disturbing thing I’ve heard all year. He do realize that Simmons is the front runner for DPOY?! #ridiculous https://t.co/KGTYCjSP46
— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) March 13, 2021
Perkin’s wasn’t the only NBA alum to chime in. Jusuf Nurkic and Robert Covington also had some words for Kutcher. Nurkic told the announcer to just “do his job” and “stop hating,” while Covington simply told him to “cut it out.”
This is Jusuf Nurkic and Robert Covington talking about Wiz announcer Justin Kutcher after his comments calling Ben Simmons the most overrated player in the league went viral tonight lmao. Wizards taking L's on all fronts this year. 🙃 pic.twitter.com/rlaWOmFy1D
— Wizards Now (@WizardsNow_) March 13, 2021
Kutcher didn’t back down from his opinion, tweeting:
“Yep, I said that Ben Simmons is one of the most overrated plyrs in the NBA, and I stand by it. I didn’t say he was BAD, just not as good as everyone makes him out to be. GREAT defender, potential DPOY, but I think he’s made All League/All Star Teams based on hype. And..goodnight.”
Yep, I said that Ben Simmons is one of the most overrated plyrs in the NBA, and I stand by it. I didn’t say he was BAD, just not as good as everyone makes him out to be. GREAT defender, potential DPOY, but I think he’s made All League/All Star Teams based on hype. And..goodnight
— Justin Kutcher (@JustinKutcher) March 13, 2021
As you can imagine, Kutcher labeling Simmons overrated sparked a bit of a debate among #NBATwitter. Of course, there were plenty of people riding with Simmons. Still, some agree with Kutcher, mainly becuase Simmons is basically one-dimensional when it comes to his offense, being that he still can’t hit an outside shot to save his life.
All points are fair.
You can be the judge for yourself after peeping all of the reactions in the gallery below.
Photo: Christian Petersen / Getty
Fair or Hate?: Washington Wizards Announcer Sparks Debate After Calling Ben Simmons Overrated was originally published on cassiuslife.com
people calling Ben Simmons the most overrated player in the league and people making fun of Embiid injury 👍👍👍 great day to be a Sixers fan— 𝗖𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗹𝗶𝗲 (@PostEmbiid) March 13, 2021
Ben Simmons has been slandered and called overrated so much that he’s become one of the most underrated guys in the league— 𝗝𝗮𝘆💎 (@DubsFanJay) March 13, 2021
I’ve been saying for the past 2 seasons that Ben Simmons is THE most overrated player in the game right now https://t.co/tvS0cQvfdD— Mr. Introvert (@ToneDef_MSOM) March 13, 2021
He’s not alone when it comes to this feeling.
I call Ben Simmons a lot of things. Overrated isn't one of them haha— THE Jordan Clarkson Appreciator™ (@CowhideGlobe) March 13, 2021
We hear you.
I don’t understand how someone can be “overrated” when they’re elite at the things we praise them for. No one has ever called Ben Simmons an “elite scorer.” We’ve always praised his court vision, passing, and defense. Scoring guards are ALWAYS ranked above Ben. Overrated how? 🤔— Da Kid Gowie (@DaKidGowie) March 13, 2021
Good points were made here.
I think there is a huge faction of fans that thinks Ben Simmons is overrated and a huge faction that think he’s become underrated. I’m kind of in the middle, don’t really care much though. We will see how he does in the playoffs— Dime Dropper (@DimeDropperPod) March 13, 2021
We definitely can see this.
Ben Simmons breathing https://t.co/MERd6aBZkP— Aidan Doc🧸 (@HurtsToChase) March 12, 2021
LOL, also true.
Ben Simmons when he see the announcer after the game pic.twitter.com/38YODAJN1r— Stevie 👑 (@steviesburner2) March 13, 2021
We always appreciate the use of this Druski video.
Put Ben Simmons in Milwaukee and he ain't coming close to 2x MVP and DPOY status. Sit down https://t.co/2XG7GXYHuA— Deezy⚡ (@DozMan98) March 13, 2021
Ben Simmons does everything at an elite level except shoot with all due respect— Mark Jackson’s Burner (@casualtakeking) March 13, 2021
Yeah they often say some very suspect things in the Wizards broadcast. I finally got strongly irritated today and watched the rest of the game Muted. Ben Simmons is obviously one of the best young players in the league despite his issues with the deep ball. https://t.co/geeL5PFacF— westbrookgetsachip (@Alwaysn4evaArt) March 13, 2021