‘Holey moley’: Simmons stars again
BEN Simmons has continued his impressive start to his NBA career by leading the Philadelphia 76ers to their third straight win, this time defeating the Atlanta Hawks 119-109.
The 21-year old phenom has taken the league by storm since starting the season and after another big outing, the fanfare will continue.
He ended today's game just one assist shy of a triple-double (reaching double figures in points, rebounds and assists). Recording a statline of 19 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists, Simmons has now recorded five double-doubles and one triple-double.
The next highest amount of double-doubles by a rookie this season is two (Lauri Markkanen of the Chicago Bulls and John Collins of the Atlanta Hawks).
Simmons now carries season averages of 18.5 points per game, 9.6 rebounds per game and 7.8 assists per game.
After jumping out to an impressive start, the 76ers let the Hawks back into the contest before rallying in the fourth quarter to run away with the win.
Not happy with being able to do whatever he pleased during the contest, Simmons delivered an exclamation mark on the game by throwing down a monster jam.
It is already starting to get to a point where these insane numbers are just commonplace every time Simmons steps out onto the basketball court.
Post game Simmons stated that his game still has a lot more room to grow, in what is a worrying sign for the rest of the league.
With the 76ers now holding a 4-4 record they find themselves sitting in ninth place in the Eastern Conference with the same record as the Milwaukee Bucks.
Along with the impressive play of Simmons, teammate Joel Embiid also showed his worth by ending with 21 points, 12 rebounds and six assists.
If the two twin towers can continue with their incredible numbers, expect the 76ers to push hard for a playoff berth.