Simmons topples 25-year old NBA record
BEN Simmons went head to head against fellow Aussie Joe Ingles when his Philadelphia 76ers strolled into Salt Lake City and took down the Utah Jazz 104-97.
The 2016 NBA Draft No. 1 pick and early Rookie of the Year frontrunner, led his teammates with another double-double in his first game without Joel Embiid being alongside.
Simmons ended the game with 16 points, 13 rebounds and six assists while also adding in three steals and three blocks.
The ultra impressive display on the defensive end of the floor turned heads more than any offensive impact he had on the game.
While the individual numbers from Simmons are mesmerising, it's the fact that the 76ers are now rattling off successive wins that's the biggest take away.
Despite Simmons labelling his efforts as "the worst game he's played", the 76ers kicked off their five game road trip in winning fashion and if that display is the worst Simmons can play, the bar is set remarkably high.
Through his opening 10 games he has now become the first rookie with at least 175 points and 100 rebounds since Shaquille O'Neal did so with the Orlando Magic in the 1992/93 season.
Comparing him to LeBron James and his efforts through the opening 10 games of his career, Simmons holds the upper hand in points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks and has a better field goal percentage.
Although we're only 10 games into the 2017/18 season, the distance Simmons has put between himself and the remaining rookies in the league is glaring, making it almost safe for the engraver to between putting his name on the award.
Currently leading all rookies in points scored with 178 (21 more than second best Jayson Tatum of the Boston Celtics), total rebounds with 101 (17 more than second best John Collins of the Atlanta Hawks) and total assists with 80 (11 more than second best Lonzo Ball of the Los Angeles Lakers).
Having recorded at least 10 points, five rebounds and five assists through his opening ten games, Simmons joins only Oscar Robertson as the players to have achieved such a feat.
His season averages now sit at 17.8 points per game, 10.1 rebounds per game and eight assists per game.
Philadelphia have now rattled off five straight wins and find themselves in a four-way tie for third place in the Eastern Conference with the Orlando Magic, Toronto Raptors and New York Knicks.
Behind only the Detroit Pistons and conference leading Boston Celtics.
Adding to an already growing list of games with a double-double, Simmons' now has seven on the season through his first 10 games, twice as many as the next best player.