Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons may have waited for a year before making his NBA debut, but it took him just four games in the pros to notch a triple-double.
On Monday, Simmons became the third rookie in Sixers history to post a triple-double, when he helped the Sixers beat the Detroit Pistons, 97-86, by stuffing the stat sheet with 21 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 assists. And as noted by Sixers Stats, Ben Simmons’ performance put the LSU product on a small group of three players that managed to rack up a triple-double within their first four games in the NBA.
.@sixers @BenSimmons25 3rd plyr ever to record triple-dbl w/in 1st 4 career games. Joins O. Robertson (10/19/60) and H. Williams (10/21/67).
— Sixers Stats (@SixersStats) October 24, 2017
The last time a Sixers rookie achieved a triple-double was in 2014, with Michael Carter-Williams accomplishing the feat late in the 2013-14 season.
If Ben Simmons continues this statistical assault, he’ll be getting closer to eclipsing Oscar Robertson’s record of six consecutive games of at least 10 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists in his first 11 NBA games.
The Sixers are just 1-3 this season, but the future is looking bright for the franchise with Simmons and Joel Embiid teaming up to carry the team back into respectability.
Somwhere, Sam Hinkie must be smiling while sipping some tea.