Off the Record (OTR)

Ben Simmons is good at basketball

Philadelphia Sixers fans have been incredibly patient. Let’s be honest, what choice did they have? Your team is going to do what your team is going to do and you’re going to watch when you’re damn good and ready.

76ers fans have been especially excited to see a full season of Joel Embiid as well as seeing him on the floor with Ben Simmons. Simmons missed all of last season with some sort of injury that you may or may not believe actually required him to miss all of last season. Regardless, he’s playing now.

And playing incredibly well. Through his first ten games, he already has two triple-doubles. Seriously.

And with Embiid sitting some games out entirely to get rest and keep him healthy and fresh, he especially needs to step up his game. That was the case last night in Salt Lake City against the Utah Jazz. Embiid was out and they needed Simmons to step up since having Jahlil Okafor play a few minutes is a colossal waste of time and a good way to lose a game.

On the downside, Simmons was 7-for-22 from the field with six turnovers. That’s not good. On the upside, he ended up with 16 points, 13 rebounds, six assists, three steals and three blocks. Oh, and the Sixers won their fifth straight game as they now head to Northern California to face the Sacramento Kings.

It’s not just about the stat line, you need to watch this guy play. He’s absolutely dominant and could be the Sixers best player (yes, including Embiid). If the two of them can stay healthy, they will be a nasty combo to build around for years to come.

Simmons has to be the early favorite for Rookie of the Year.

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