Philadelphia 76ers rookie point-forward Ben Simmons registered his second triple-double of the season in last night’s home win over the Indiana Pacers, joining some elite company in league history by doing so.
By recording his second triple-double in just his ninth NBA game, Simmons joins the legendary Oscar Robertson as the only two players to rack up two triple-doubles in the first nine games of their career.
“That’s amazing to me,” Simmons said of the accomplishment. “There’s only two players to have done that? That’s surreal to me.”
Simmons finished with 14 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists in the Sixers’ 121-110 victory over the Pacers and is clearly the early favorite to win Rookie of the Year.
On the season, Simmons is averaging 18.0 points, 9.8 rebounds and 8.2 assists while shooting 51.6 percent from the field.
The Sixers are now 5-4, the first time they have been over .500 since the 2013-14 season.