Ben Simmons missed all of last season with a broken foot, but the wait for his debut has been worth it for the Philadelphia 76ers. The rookie is averaging 18.4 points, 9.1 rebounds and 7.7 assists through his first seven games. He has already recorded one triple-double, and his assist numbers are good for sixth in the entire league. In terms of just rookies, he ranks first in scoring, tied for first in assists and second in rebounds, behind only Lauri Markkanen of the Chicago Bulls. Simmons is having a fantastic start to his NBA career, and looks to be a clear favorite for Rookie of the Year. Yet while everyone else is singing his praises, Simmons himself is not impressed. Before the Sixers' win over the Rockets on Monday, Simmons told reporters that he needs to pick it up. Via the Philadelphia Inquirer: "I thought I'd be playing better, honestly," Simmons said. "I need to pick it up. It's awesome [being in the NBA]. I wouldn't want to do anything else. I love what I do. I'm just grateful to be here, just got to keep working."
76ers rookie Ben Simmons not impressed with strong start: 'I need to pick it up'
CBS Sports | Oct 31