Ben Simmons becomes youngest Sixer ever with a 20-point, 20-rebound game
Simmons (22 years, 177 days) is the youngest Sixer ever with a 20-point, 20-rebound game.
— Clevis Murray (@ClevisMurray) January 13, 2019
Simmons finished with 20 points, 22 rebounds and nine assists in Philadelphia’s 108-105 win at Madison Square Garden, making 10 of his 13 shots attempts.
On the year, Simmons is averaging 16.6 points, 9.4 rebounds, 8.2 assists and 1.3 steals over 33.5 minutes per game while shooting 58.1 percent from the floor and 56.5 percent from the free-throw line.
The 22-year-old, who played his collegiate basketball at LSU, was originally selected by the Sixers with the first overall pick of the 2016 NBA Draft.
He did not play at all that ensuing NBA season due to a foot injury, but last year, he burst onto the scene, registering 15.8 points, 8.2 assists, 8.1 boards and 1.7 steals across 33.7 minutes a night while making 54.5 percent of his field goal attempts and 56 percent of his foul shots en route to winning a controversial Rookie of the Year award.
Due to the fact that Simmons was actually a member of the 2016 draft class, many held the opinion that Simmons was not a rookie last year and that Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz should have won the award.
Nevertheless, Simmons has some hardware and is breaking records.
The 76ers snapped a short two-game skid with their win over the Knicks, rebounding after a miserable home loss to the Atlanta Hawks. After the defeat to the Hawks, Simmons actually called the Sixers “soft.” Apparently, he came ready to back up his words on Sunday.