Ben Simmons is the real deal. After being sidelined for his first year, the LSU alum has put together quite a string of games at the beginning of this season.
Through these first eight games, Simmons has been the most consistent out of all the rookies so far.
The oversized floor general is averaging 18.5 points per contest while also tallying up 8 assists. If you weren’t sold on “the Process”, you should really start investing.
One year off must have been a scouting year for Simmons, as the game becoming easy for the young Sixer at this point. He’s demonstrated a very high basketball IQ and knows where, when, and how to get to his spots.
In just his fourth NBA game, the rookie phenom posted his first career triple double. He joined players such as Oscar Robertson and Lebron James as one of the youngest in history to reach this milestone.
Simmons has also been able to establish great chemistry with center Joel Embiid. This is a one-two punch that has only played together minimal minutes, but is still terrifying to opponents.
With Simmons’ size and athleticism, he’s able to locate his teammates with ease and is a force coming down the lane. Vaguely similar to a point forward who has dominated the league since being drafted in ‘03.
It’s too soon to call the race over yet, but as of right now the Sixers forward has been putting together quite a case for Rookie of the Year. Nights where he is completely dominant, the young star still isn’t satisfied with his performance.
That’s what makes the great ones great. Never satisfied and are willing to take responsibility for the team’s condition and performance. You can see a lot of similarities between Simmons and Lebron James. Gifted with physical and athletic abilities not seen by other generations, both players change the way the game is played.
With the unfortunate injury to Markelle Fultz, Simmons will have to shoulder a lot more of the offensive weight. Lingering injuries have plagued the 76ers franchise these past few years.
That’s what’s been holding this team back. So it’s nice to see two of the former top picks share the floor at the same time. In just eight games, Simmons has given the city of Philadelphia a glimpse of hope. A glimpse of what is possible for this team going forward. T
The process is in full effect.