McIntyre: Simmons Feels Like A Transcendent Superstar
The Sixers head into the NBA Postseason on a franchise record 16 game winning streak and the major catalyst of their hot streak has been the play of Rookie Ben Simmons. During the streak Simmons is averaging 14 Points, 1.9 Steals, 10.4 Assists, and 9.8 Rebounds Per Game with the last eight games without All-Star Joel Embiid. Simmons, who was the First Overall Selections of the 2016 NBA Draft, finished his Rookie season ranked Fifth in the league in Assists Per Game (8.2), Eighth in Steals Per Game (1.7), and Ninth in Defensive Rating (102.1).
Fox Sports and The Big Lead Contributor Jason McIntyre joined The Sports Bash on Thursday with his perspective on Ben Simmons after his first NBA season:
“Embiid led (the Sixers) in Points last year, Rebounds, Blocks, only played (31) games and they were still one of the worst teams in the league – Ben Simmons is really the engine there, he can defend all five positions, gets everyone involved, he’s almost unguardable, and this is a dude doing it without a jump shot. For me, Ben Simmons feels like a transcendent superstar….What Ben Simmons has been able to do, like there’s no discussion about the Rookie of the Year (award) anymore.”
Hear what McIntyre had to say about if LeBron James should join the Sixers this offseason, the 76ers reaching the postseason, and more NBA talk