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Sixers’ Ben Simmons goes on social media blackout similar to LeBron James

Ben Simmons, LeBron James

The Philadelphia 76ers have been one of the best teams in the NBA, and a lot of that has to do with the obvious surprise production from rookie Ben Simmons. Many envisioned the first-year player out of LSU to be good, but not ‘15.8 points, 8.1 rebounds, 8.2 assists per game in 81 appearances’ good. That’s what he averaged this year, which included 30 double-doubles and 12 triple-doubles.

Now that Simmons has led his team to 50 wins for the first time since 2000-01 and into the playoffs for the first time since 2012, he’s taking on the playoffs with an approach that many will recognize from another player in the same conference.

Simmons took to Instagram today to hint at his version of a social media blackout, or should I say, whiteout.

It’s go time PHILLY #Playoffs🏀 #lockedin🔐

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Simmons’ social media silence looks eerily similar to the one LeBron James takes every year when the playoffs begin. Earlier this week, James said he would do it once again, although he hasn’t confirmed it through his accounts.

The move by Simmons, however, should come as no surprise to anyone. Simmons and James share an agent in Rich Paul, and the two have grown close since before Simmons was drafted in 2016.

The Sixers will be taking on the Miami Heat in the first round of the NBA playoffs. Game 1 is scheduled for Saturday night at 8PM EST.