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Ben Simmons seeks first 76ers win

Ben Simmons seeks first 76ers win”

It looks like Philadelphia 76ers rookie Ben Simmons is ready to play.

Australia's Ben Simmons set himself beyond such National Basketball Association immortals as Michael Jordan and Lebron James with a triple double on Monday in only his fourth league contest for the Philadelphia 76ers.

The Sixers, winless from their first three games, threatened to let a huge lead slip but held on for a 97-86 victory away at Detroit on Tuesday (AEST).

In addition to all of that, Simmons is the first player to produce a double-double in their first four National Basketball Association games since Shaquille O'Neal in his rookie season.

After sitting out all of a year ago with a foot injury, the 2016 No. 1 pick has gotten off to a torrid start in his National Basketball Association career, averaging 17.4 points, 10 rebounds and 6.6 assists over his first four games.

And he's only the third National Basketball Association player to manage the achievement, joining Art "Hambone" Williams of the 1967-68 San Diego Rockets and Oscar Robertson of the 1960 Cincinnati Royals. This was his best game by far, posting career-highs in points, rebounds and assists with one steal and four turnovers.

Simmons picked up his fourth-straight double-double against the Detroit Pistons on Monday, making him the first player since O'Neal to do so in his first four career games, per ESPN Stats and Info. Robertson averaged 25.7 points, 7.5 rebounds and 9.5 assists in his Hall of Fame career.

It's obviously still early days, but Ben Simmons is a clear frontrunner for Rookie of the Year, especially if he keeps up his impressive double-double streak.



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