Sixers’ Ben Simmons falls an assist shy of being youngest player ever with 20-point, 20-rebound, 10-assist game
Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons recorded 20 points, 22 rebounds and nine assists in his team’s win over the New York Knicks on Sunday afternoon, falling just one assist shy of becoming the youngest player ever with a 20-point, 20-rebound, 10-assist performance:
Simmons was an assist shy of being the youngest player ever with a 20-point, 20-rebound and 10-assist game.
— Clevis Murray (@ClevisMurray) January 13, 2019
Simmons made 10 of his 13 field goal attempts in the 108-105 victory.
On the year, Simmons is averaging 16.6 points. 9.4 rebounds, 8.2 assists and 1.3 steals over 33.4 minutes per game while shooting 58.1 percent from the floor and 56.6 percent from the free-throw line.
The 22-year-old, who played his collegiate basketball at LSU, was originally selected by the 76ers with the first overall pick of the 2016 NBA Draft. However, due to a foot injury, Simmons did not play at all in that ensuing NBA season.
Instead, he made his debut last year and burst onto the scene, registering 15.8 points, 8.2 assists, 8.1 boards and 1.7 steals across 33.7 minutes a night, making 54.5 percent of his field goal attempts and 56.0 percent of his foul shots en route to a controversial Rookie of the Year award.
Because Simmons is a member of the 2016 draft class, many thought he should not have been considered a rookie last season and that Utah Jazz star guard Donovan Mitchell should have won the award.
Regardless, Simmons won the honor and is now continuing to make his mark on the league.
The 76ers snapped a short two-game skid with their win over the Knicks, rebounding from a home loss to the Atlanta Hawks. Ben Simmons actually called out the Sixers for being “soft” after that hideous loss, and he certainly backed up his talk with his play on Sunday.