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Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Amazing feat Simmons has in his grasp


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Ben Simmons, with a strong NBA season debut, seems to have successfully avoided the “Kardashian curse”, and might just be on target to produce an incredible season statline only achieved by two players before.

The Aussie’s Philadelphia 76ers were well beaten by the Celtics in their opening game, but Simmons shone, with 19 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists. 

US fans and media have hailed his season debut, even though questions still remain regarding his outside shot.

“Ben Simmons is phenomenal – 19-15-8,” said Shannon Sharpe on Undisputed. “If he ever got a shot from 10 feet – he could be Anthony Davis.”

Simmons, and this is nothing new, racked up some impressive stats during his 43 minutes on court despite ongoing free throw and outside shooting issues.

He ran a game night high 3.2 miles and he became just the fifth player since 1983 to have +15 rebounds and +8 assists in a season opener. Other names on the list? Hall-of-famers Larry Bird, Charles Barkley and LeBron James.

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Philadelphia beat writer Keith Pompey witheringly described the 76ers as “Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid and just a bunch of dudes” in their loss to the Celtics.

If the rest of the team can start to match the star pair, then Simmons could be the third player in history after Oscar Robertson and Russell Westbrook to average a triple double for an entire season.

 “Yeah, the 76ers got whooped by the Celtics in the season opener, 105-87, but Simmons’ performance was a reminder just how dominant and transcendent a talent he projects to be for the rest of his career,” wrote Kristian Winfield for SB Nation website. 

“Simmons was so good and impacted so many areas of the game that it’s easy to wonder: Can he be the next player to average a triple double for an entire season.

“After what we saw from the Sixers’ young star on Tuesday night, it’s entirely possible, so long as certain things go his way.”

Winfield said Simmons passed 88 times during the Celtics loss but stats showed 27 of those could have led to a scoring opportunity.

His teammates shot 5-of-26 (19.2 percent) from three-point range and just 39 percent from the field altogether.

“The scoring and rebounding, he can control,” Winfield wrote. “The assists? Well, as long as Philly doesn’t shoot 19 percent from three all season, Simmons has as good a chance as anyone.”

Simmons’ shooting was on the mind of ESPN NBA analyst Stephen A. Smith.

Disappointed by the 76ers, Smith said he had a “lot of love” for Simmons even though he ranked Donovan Mitchell ahead of him as rookie of the year in 2017. 

Simmons’ passing dazzled butut, said Smith, “I’m still waiting for Ben Simmons to ATTEMPT a shot. … Simmons is so special. He’s a jump shot away from being LeBron, Part II.”

 

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The biggest question facing the 76ers is what to do with Markelle Fultz. The 2017 No.1 draft pick got a first NBA start and played 20 of his 24 minutes alongside Simmons against the Celtics. It didn’t work.

“Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz cannot play together,” said Pompey in The Inquirer. “Neither of them is a shooter. The Celtics basically sagged on defense whenever those guys were on the floor together.”

Matty Briesch, writing for Fan Sided, was meanwhile looking on the bright side for Simmons despite the team loss.

“If his performance against the Celtics is of any indication, it would appear that Ben Simmons has successfully avoided the Kardashian Curse, and could be ready to take another step toward NBA supremacy,” he wrote.

Simmons recently split with Kendall Jenner, a model and television personality from the Jenner-Kardashian family made famous by reality television show Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

The idea of  a “Kardashian curse” – a so-called hex on any man willing to get romantic with the family – was coined by Kendall’s sister Kylie.

It dates back to their half sister Kim Kardashian’s relationship with then NFL player Reggie Bush who suffered a career slump. Similar form lapses were suffered by basketballers Lamar Odom and Kris Humphries after dating one of the sisters.


 

Ben Simmons, with a strong NBA season debut, seems to have successfully avoided the “Kardashian curse”, and might just be on target to produce an incredible season statline only achieved by two players before.

The Aussie’s Philadelphia 76ers were well beaten by the Celtics in their opening game, but Simmons shone, with 19 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists. 

US fans and media have hailed his season debut, even though questions still remain regarding his outside shot.

“Ben Simmons is phenomenal – 19-15-8,” said Shannon Sharpe on Undisputed. “If he ever got a shot from 10 feet – he could be Anthony Davis.”

Simmons, and this is nothing new, racked up some impressive stats during his 43 minutes on court despite ongoing free throw and outside shooting issues.

He ran a game night high 3.2 miles and he became just the fifth player since 1983 to have +15 rebounds and +8 assists in a season opener. Other names on the list? Hall-of-famers Larry Bird, Charles Barkley and LeBron James.

https://twitter.com/YoungNBA/status/1052638355098349568

 

https://twitter.com/bball_ref/status/1052649232191156224

 

https://twitter.com/bball_ref/status/1052603950837493761

Philadelphia beat writer Keith Pompey witheringly described the 76ers as “Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid and just a bunch of dudes” in their loss to the Celtics.

If the rest of the team can start to match the star pair, then Simmons could be the third player in history after Oscar Robertson and Russell Westbrook to average a triple double for an entire season.

 “Yeah, the 76ers got whooped by the Celtics in the season opener, 105-87, but Simmons’ performance was a reminder just how dominant and transcendent a talent he projects to be for the rest of his career,” wrote Kristian Winfield for SB Nation website. 

“Simmons was so good and impacted so many areas of the game that it’s easy to wonder: Can he be the next player to average a triple double for an entire season.

“After what we saw from the Sixers’ young star on Tuesday night, it’s entirely possible, so long as certain things go his way.”

Winfield said Simmons passed 88 times during the Celtics loss but stats showed 27 of those could have led to a scoring opportunity.

His teammates shot 5-of-26 (19.2 percent) from three-point range and just 39 percent from the field altogether.

“The scoring and rebounding, he can control,” Winfield wrote. “The assists? Well, as long as Philly doesn’t shoot 19 percent from three all season, Simmons has as good a chance as anyone.”

Simmons’ shooting was on the mind of ESPN NBA analyst Stephen A. Smith.

Disappointed by the 76ers, Smith said he had a “lot of love” for Simmons even though he ranked Donovan Mitchell ahead of him as rookie of the year in 2017. 

Simmons’ passing dazzled butut, said Smith, “I’m still waiting for Ben Simmons to ATTEMPT a shot. … Simmons is so special. He’s a jump shot away from being LeBron, Part II.”

 

https://twitter.com/stephenasmith/status/1052360594832203776

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The biggest question facing the 76ers is what to do with Markelle Fultz. The 2017 No.1 draft pick got a first NBA start and played 20 of his 24 minutes alongside Simmons against the Celtics. It didn’t work.

“Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz cannot play together,” said Pompey in The Inquirer. “Neither of them is a shooter. The Celtics basically sagged on defense whenever those guys were on the floor together.”

Matty Briesch, writing for Fan Sided, was meanwhile looking on the bright side for Simmons despite the team loss.

“If his performance against the Celtics is of any indication, it would appear that Ben Simmons has successfully avoided the Kardashian Curse, and could be ready to take another step toward NBA supremacy,” he wrote.

Simmons recently split with Kendall Jenner, a model and television personality from the Jenner-Kardashian family made famous by reality television show Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

The idea of  a “Kardashian curse” – a so-called hex on any man willing to get romantic with the family – was coined by Kendall’s sister Kylie.

It dates back to their half sister Kim Kardashian’s relationship with then NFL player Reggie Bush who suffered a career slump. Similar form lapses were suffered by basketballers Lamar Odom and Kris Humphries after dating one of the sisters.


 

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