Ben Simmons averaging triple-double during team’s 14-game win streak
The Philadelphia 76ers are the hottest team in the NBA right now as they are riding a 14-game winning streak. And rookie sensation Ben Simmons has played a big part, averaging a triple-double during the streak.
As reported by SportsCenter, Simmons is averaging 14.7 points, 10.1 rebounds, and 10.9 assists during the Sixers’ 14-game win streak.
Ben Simmons is AVERAGING a triple-double over the 76ers' 14-game win streak. pic.twitter.com/b86M2CWgkK
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For the whole season, Simmons is averaging 16 points per game, 8.1 rebounds, 8.2 assists in 33.9 minutes.
For his whole rookie campaign so far, Simmons has 12 triple-doubles, placing him second-most for a rookie behind legend Oscar Robertson who had 26. Magic Johnson tallied eight triple-doubles in his rookie year.
More than the statistics, he has led the Sixers to a renaissance of a type. Not too long ago, the team was at the bottom of the standings. With Simmons at the helm, along with Joel Embiid and veterans like J.J. Redick, the Sixers have won 50 games for the first time since the 2000-01 season.
Due to his superb season, critics and fans believe that Simmons should rightfully be awarded the Rookie of the Year Award. Simmons himself believes that he should be heralded the best rookie in the NBA, as reported by Chris Haynes of ESPN. When asked who would he pick to win the award, Simmons said:
“Who would I pick? Me, 100 percent. I think I have been playing solid all year,” he continued. “If you look at the numbers, you will see. People who know the game know.”
The NBA postseason awards will be announced on June 25. Simmons, as well as many others, know that he’s a lock for the league’s best rookie.