Simmons goes for 21, 12 & 10 in Sixers' first win of the season.
It only took Philadelphia Sixers rookie, Ben Simmons, four games to record his first career triple-double. The 6'10 point forward scored a career-high 21 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and dished out 10 assists in 34 minutes in Philly's 97-86 win over the Pistons in Detroit last night.
With last night's performance, Simmons became the first player since Art "Hambone" Williams in 1967 to record a triple-double in the first four games of his NBA career. The only other player to do so was Oscar Robertson, who had three triple-doubles in his first four games as a rookie during the 1960-61 season.
Additionally, Ben Simmons is the first player since Shaquille O'Neal to record a double-double in each of his first 4 career games.
🗣HE'S 6'10" pic.twitter.com/kFade08XFF— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) October 24, 2017
Simmons, who was selected by the Sixers #1 overall in the 2016 NBA Draft, is currently averaging 17.4 points, 10 rebounds and 6.6 assists over his first four games. He sat out all of last year while recovering from foot surgery to repair a Jones fracture.
The Sixers, now 1-3, will travel to Houston to take on the Rockets tomorrow night.
Check out the response from #NBATwitter following Simmons' first career triple-double.
Great win fellas!! S/o to my lil bro @BenSimmons25 on his 1st career triple double. Many more on the way killa. We gone build off this 1!!— Robert Covington (@Holla_At_Rob33) October 24, 2017
me when my friend achieves self-actualization pic.twitter.com/Ox3J5pGN0V— victor solomon (@victorsolomon) October 24, 2017
Well, Ben Simmons is already making the LeBron-style cross-court pass to create wide open corner 3s.— Dan Devine (@YourManDevine) October 24, 2017
Simmons' court vision is so A+. pic.twitter.com/AOR5qRw7PE— Justin Russo (@FlyByKnite) October 24, 2017
Ben Simmons is reeeeaaallllly good, even beyond the obvious stuff. Under control on defense, good balance/footwork when engaged.— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) October 24, 2017
This type of talent is worth tanking for. Tell me more about how Ben Simmons didn't take LSU to the tournamentpic.twitter.com/xwK2rhyiNW— Jason McIntyre (@jasonrmcintyre) October 24, 2017
Joel Embiid scored 30 points, Ben Simmons had a triple double, and Carson Wentz threw four touchdown passes tonight. Trust the process.— Kyle Scott (@CrossingBroad) October 24, 2017
Ben Simmons just tallied a triple-double in his *4th* game. For reference, LeBron didn’t get his first until January of his second season.— Tom Haberstroh (@tomhaberstroh) October 24, 2017