Following a phenomenal rookie campaign, here’s a look back at the 2017-18 season for Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers.
By averaging 15.8 points, 8.2 assists, 8.1 rebounds and 1.7 steals in 33.7 minutes per game, Simmons stood out in a manner that is extremely rare among rookie floor generals. Furthermore, the fact that Simmons was able to put his stamp on the team with a glaring weakness — an outside shot — makes his season all the more impressive.
At 6’10”, and possessing a rare combination of size, quickness and ball-handling, the 21-year-old Simmons demonstrated all the capabilities of becoming a transcendent player at the point guard position. Most impressively, Simmons was able to utilize his physical strengths at both ends of floor, with his capabilities as a defender becoming evident as the season progressed.
One of three players nominated for Rookie of the Year honors, Simmons also narrowly missed being selected as an All-Star, with those honors instead going to his teammate, Joel Embiid.
So with 81 regular season games and a highly competitive postseason under his belt, here’s a look back at Simmons’ 2017-18 campaign.