The race for ROTY hasn’t necessarily been a contest as Ben Simmons has continued to cement his candidacy with stellar performances on a nightly basis. With arguably the deepest talent in the past decade, this year’s rookie class has plenty of excitement and intrigue to go around.The first year Aussie Point Forward has lived up to the hype so far, leaving many in awe of his unique combination of speed, raw athleticism, and of course, his transcendent court vision commanding the 76ers’ offense as a 6’10” floor general. Simmons has been off to a sensational start, averaging 17.8 points, 9.4 rebounds and 7.8 assists through 11 games. Very few players in this class, let alone the entire league are able to provide such an immense impact across several key categories, leaving Simmons in some elite company. Add him to the list of players like LeBron, Giannis, Westbrook and Harden, who have the capability to stuff the stat sheet on any given night. Simmons is currently tied for 2nd place with James Harden for triple-doubles.
With all of the great strides Simmons has made so far this season, onee area which we’d certainly love to see some development would be his lack of shooting. Any scouting report will show that he relies heavily on his ability to attack the rim, creating either a drive and kick opportunity or a finish for himself. Simmons came into the league as a complete non-shooter, but his inefficiency from midrange has to be improved upon in order to force opposing defenses to respect him from beyond the key.
It’s still very early on however and the fact that he has been able to compensate his struggles from 18+ ft with an excellent ability to slash makes us extremely excited for his potential with a more diverse game going forward. Philadelphia, you’ve got yourselves another gem.