Sixers Draft Ben Simmons With First Pick of 2016 NBA Draft
We thought that this flashback to the 2016 NBA draft would be the best place to start off our Medium presence for Ben Simmons Fan Club! This may just be the time that the Sixers fortunes changed with Superstar-in-Waiting Ben Simmons now displaying his full potential.
After 4 games his debut 2017–18 NBA Season, Ben Simmons has lived up to all of the hype making this day in Sixers history one to remember as the Philadelphia 76ers drafted Ben Simmons with the top pick of the 2016 NBA Draft.
On 23 June, Ben Simmons was selected by Brown and the 76ers with the number one overall pick in the 2016 draft, becoming the third Australian-born number one overall pick in 11 years (Andrew Bogut in 2005 and Kyrie Irving in 2011).
In his NBA debut on 18 October 2017, Simmons had 18 points and 10 rebounds in a 120–115 season-opening loss to the Washington Wizards.
In his second game on 20 October, against the Boston Celtics, Simmons became the 11th player in NBA history and the first player in 76ers’ history to debut with consecutive double-doubles.
In his third game, on 21 October, Simmons recorded 18 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists in a 128–94 loss to the Toronto Raptors, joining Oscar Robertson as the only players ever to post 10+ points, 10+ rebounds and 5+ assists in their first three NBA games.
In his fourth game, on 23 October, Simmons recorded his first career triple-double with 21 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in a 97–86 win over the Detroit Pistons, becoming the third rookie after Oscar Robertson (1960) and Art Williams (1967) to record a triple-double in his first four games.