Ben Simmons has been labelled a villain after the Philadelphia 76ers went down to the Atlanta Hawks in the NBA play-offs.
Simmons only scored five points in Game 7 with many pundits writing him off and asking him to be traded out of Philadelphia.
Simmons has been touted as a future hall of famer and has impressed, being picked up at pick one in the 2016 draft.
The Australian has been linked with the Golden State Warriors and the LA Lakers to line up alongside LeBron James.
The Australian has struggled at the free-throw line this season and has avoided being found, rather passing the ball off in critical stages.
Philadelphia coach Doc Rivers has said that Ben Simmons is a work in progress and hopes to work out the latest issues that Simmons is having at the free-throw line.
The 76ers’ performance against the Atlanta Hawks throughout the NBA play-offs has been underwhelming and not consistent with their regular season form.
General consensus around 76ers fans is that for them to be successful moving forward with the likes of Joel Embiid and Tobias Harris, Simmons has to go.
Philadelphia fans are some of the most vocal supporters in the league and have called for the Australian star to be put on the trade table.
The 24-year-old has four years remaining on his current contract worth US$147 million (A$194 million).
Australian fans will be most worried about the recent reports that Simmons will not take his part in the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.
Simmons still has a cloud over his head, whether he will don the green and gold in Japan.
Simmons would be the most notable and best player in the team, which could grow his confidence and build back up his morale and love for the game.
The team environment that Simmons would step into could provide him with the ultimate springboard to really silence his critics in the next season of the NBA.