After the week Ben Simmons had without Joel Embiid in the lineup, the rookie has been named Eastern Conference Player of the week for April 3-8.



In four games, Simmons led the Sixers to a 4-0 record during their current 14-game winning streak, a franchise single-season record. He also averaged 18.5 points, 10 rebounds, and 8.8 assists per game during that stretch.

Simmons is averaging 16 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 8.2 assists this season in a very possible Rookie of the Year campaign.

Simmons' week was highlighted by a 27/15/13 performance against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night, a 132-130 victory that propelled the Sixers into the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference.

In two games time, as the playoffs start up, we will begin to speculate who will become award-winners in all the NBA's major categories, but a weekly league award for Ben Simmons is just an exclamation point on what has been an extremely impressive first season.

Josh Liddick is Sixers managing editor for SportsTalkPhilly.com. Follow him on Twitter @JoshLiddickTalk.