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Marco Belinelli describes Ben Simmons as ‘out of this world’

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Ben Simmons has played out of his mind during his rookie season, making him the frontrunner of the Rookie of the Year race after leading his Philadelphia 76ers to 16 straight wins to finish out the season in full stride.

Recently, teammate Marco Belinelli, who was acquired after a buyout with the Hawks, lauded Simmons as one of the best talents he has seen through his NBA journey.

“I think I have never played with a teammate so promising and good,” the Italian marksman told Sportando. “I was lucky enough to have great teammates as point guards, from Chris Paul to Tony Parker. But for me Ben Simmons is out of this world. There are a few players like him.”

Simmons has been described as a generational talent, and likely the second-coming to LeBron James, a point-forward that can score, rebound, and create for others.

The 21-year-old Australian also has shown a propensity for making defensive plays, finishing out the season with averages of 15.8 points, 8.1 rebounds, 8.2 assists, 1.7 steals, and 0.9 blocks per game through 81 appearances.

Belinelli feels like he’s having the best season of his career, and he’s shown that, averaging a career-high 13.6 points per game, shooting a strong 49.5 percent from the field and 38.5 percent from deep through 28 games with the team.