After Lost Season, Simmons Transforming into Superstar in Philadelphia
“I thought I’d be playing better.”
The confident and skilled LSU alumni has been making it look easy. With a skillset very similar to that of LeBron James and Magic Johnson, Ben Simmons has the potential of becoming the next transcendent superstar in the NBA.
“I need to pick it up. It’s awesome [being in the NBA]. I wouldn’t want to do anything else. I love what I do. I’m just grateful to be here, just got to keep working,” says the Philadelphia 76ers rookie who has averaged 18.0-points, 9.8-boards, and 8.2-assists through his first nine games in the league.
After a lost season coming out of LSU, the former number one overall pick has returned with a vengeance, showing just how special he is. He has been nothing short of incredible, putting up numbers that have never been seen from a 21-year old. But then again, a player like Simmons doesn’t come along that often.
He is 6’10” with the ball-handling ability and vision of a point guard, but the body of a power forward. He is a slasher, a distributer, but more importantly, he is the man ‘The Process’ needed. Joel Embiid started ‘The Process’, but Simmons is the one who puts everything together. At 5-4, the Philadelphia 76ers have found their superstar and starting point guard of the present and future. It is not Markelle Fultz, nor will it ever will be. It’s Ben Simmons.
An ultimate playmaker on both ends on the floor, Simmons has been living up to his billing. After years of suffering, the Sixers are finally winning games. They are putting up a fight. They have a clear vision of the future, and very shortly, they will transform into a real threat in the Eastern Conference with Simmons leading the way.
The three-point shot is something which will need to come next, but to this point, Simmons has a solid mid-range game and excels in the paint. He can do everything most point guards can do, just better. He can slash and dish, he can split the needle, and he can make the difficult pass look simple. It’s incredible to watch. We knew Simmons had the ability to be great, but for the rookie to burst out the gates like this – it was unprecedented.
He has been a revelation for the Sixers. So much so that he has pushed another Philly rookie into his shadow. Fultz was drafted with the hope of becoming the Sixers starting point guard for the next decade. That was the original plan at least. So far, it seems like Simmons has taken over the role for good and it may ultimately force the Sixers to make a tough decision on the future of their 2017 first overall pick.
Now of course, with youth, the Sixers have time on their side. There is no need to rush. The Sixers have their blueprint in place. It started with Embiid and now with Simmons in the mix, the 76ers have something special brewing in Philadelphia.
‘The Process’ is most definitely alive and well.