Expectations are high for Ben Simmons coming into the NBA.

The LSU product was selected first overall by the Philadelphia 76ers and was hailed by many to be a franchising changing player, but after breaking his foot during training camp last season, he hasn't appeared in a regular season NBA game, making him one of the favorites to win Rookie of the Year this season.


Simmons impressed during his NBA preseason debut, filling up the stat sheet, with six points, seven rebounds, nine assists, one block in 22 minutes of play. He lived up to the billing of having tremendous court-vision, and seemed to handle the point-guard duties without issue. 

Simmons size and skill, combined with his size, athleticism and elite vision and intuition, made him the No. 1 overall pick, after having tremendous success at the college level, scoring 19.2 points, while pulling down 11.8 rebounds and 4.8 assists a game at LSU.

His biggest knock was his shooting, and that was a factor last night, shooting 2-of-8 fro the field.  Another area of concern with Simmons is his three-point shot, where he took just one shot from behind-the-arc in college.

But for his first taste of NBA basketball, Simmons showed he belonged.