The statistical numbers 2016 number one pick and 2017-18 rookie Ben Simmons is putting up for the Philadelphia 76ers this season has been nothing short of extrodinary, and something we haven’t seen since the rookie seasons of LeBron James.
Even if some disagree with the rookie classification for Simmons, whether Ben is a rookie or a sophomore, his numbers put him head and shoulders above anyone else from the 2016 and 2017 draft classes.
And the 6’10 Australian has shown his worth during the Sixers 14-game win streak that has thrust them to third place in the Eastern Conference.
With All-Star big man Joel Embiid out with a face injury, Simmons has taken control of the Sixers all by himself, leading Philadelphia to 14 straight wins — including an epic battle between himself and LeBron James, with the 76ers scraping out a victory — behind numbers that literally have never been seen before, either from a rookie or a veteran.
Ben Simmons has averaged 14.7 points, 10.1 rebounds, and 10.9 assists over the @sixers 14-game winning streak. No player prior to Simmons – rookie or vet – has ever averaged a triple-double over a winning streak of 10+ games in NBA history. pic.twitter.com/iOLtfzOLq7
— NBA.com/Stats (@nbastats) April 8, 2018
Even the likes of Russell Westbrook, who averaged a triple-double over an entire season, hasn’t been able to achieve what Ben Simmons is doing today as a rookie.
The reason being Westbrook was unable to string together 10 wins in a row last season, which makes Simmons’ achievement all the more impressive. Not only is he contributing all across the board, the Sixers are winning games because of it.
Because of Ben’s impact, Philly has made the playoffs for the first time since 2012, and have won 50 games for the first time since 2001 — and if you remember, the last time they won 50, they made the NBA Finals.