Sixers’ Ben Simmons joins Derrick Rose as only players this decade to finish with 30+ points, 9+ assists in playoff game before 23rd birthday
Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers is one of the best young players in the NBA. Despite being redshirted his first season in the NBA (due to an injury), Simmons lived up to the hype last season as he was named the Rookie of the Year in the 2017-18 season.
This year, Simmons continued his upward trajectory by being named to the All-Star team.
Despite all of his accolades, there is an extremely vocal contingent of NBA fans that believe Simmons is overrated, specifically because of his inability to hit a jump shot – or even take a jump shot for that matter.
One person who thinks Simmons is overrated is Jared Dudley, who claimed that Simmons is merely “average in the halfcourt.” Simmons responded in kind by scoffing at Dudley saying anything about another player, but in the end, he let his play in Thursday night’s game against the Nets truly do the talking.
Simmons, who was getting lustily booed by the Nets faithful at the Barclays Center whenever he touched ball, had one of the best games of his young playoff career by notching 31 points on only 11 of 13 shooting with 9 assists, 4 rebounds, 3 blocks and 2 steals on the way to an easy 76ers victory.
With that stat line, Simmons joined only Derrick Rose (who was the youngest MVP in NBA history, don’t forget) with a stunning achievement per Ben Mallis of The Pick and Roll.
Ben Simmons finishes with a playoff career high 31 points and 9 assists. Simmons joins Derrick Rose as the only NBA players this decade to score 30+ points and collect 9 assists in a playoff game before their 23rd birthday.
— Ben Mallis (@BenMallis) April 19, 2019
Philly has taken a 2-1 lead in the series on the road, so the Nets will have to fight hard to salvage a split heading back to Philadelphia.