A big Trail Blazers storyline this summer was the rise of Anfernee Simons. The Blazers as an organization expressed on numerous occasions their high expectations of the second year shooting guard.
Is it the hype from Blazers GM Neil Olshey or Blazers All-Star point guard Damian Lillard that has Blazer fans so excited about what Simons could potentially bring to the team this season?
Is it a backup quarterback situation?
Justin Myers, the host of The Bridge, posed this very question on Monday night during a special Blazers roundtable discussion on The Bridge.
“Everybody loves the backup quarterback. Everybody’s backup quarterback is great, and you’re always worried when you lose one… The reason everybody loves backup quarterbacks is because nobody has ever seen him fail,” Myers said.
With Simons’ 37-point performance in the regular season finale against the Kings last season, which all of Rip City remembers fondly, Myers wonders, “is this a little bit of the backup quarterback love affair” with Simons right now?
Or, should fans be all in and be excited about Simons?
Mike Richman believes, one -- fans are already very excited, “it’s too late.” But two -- There is plenty of Simons’ game that translates at the next level.
However, there are still some concerns.
“He can score in the NBA right now," Richman said. "The other side of the ball is a question mark. The workload might be a question mark. He’s a 20-year-old. He played like a hundred and fifty NBA minutes last year. He’s probably gonna past that in the first month. There are some question marks, but he has a skill that translates – He can go get a bucket. If you can only be good at one thing, that’s the best thing to be good at."
Overall, Richman says go ahead and be excited about ‘Ant,’ Rip City.
After talking with Simons this week ahead of the regular season, it sounds like instead of adding extra pressure with all the hype surrounding him, it has more so helped Simons’ confidence.
He’s always on social media. He sees what’s being talked about and written about him.
There’s a chance Simons will see this article too. So, Ant – what do you think about the backup QB syndrome?
Soon enough we will all know if there is any truth to this Simons’ backup QB situation.