This is the Ben Simmons the Brooklyn Nets thought they were getting.

On Sunday against the Memphis Grizzlies, the 6-foot-10 point guard did two things he hadn’t since coming to Brooklyn as the key return in February’s James Harden trade: he paced the offense and he stayed aggressive all game.

His 22 points were a season-high and the most he’s scored since Game 2 of the first round of the 2021 NBA playoffs back when he was a member of the Philadelphia 76ers. And in addition to scoring, the diversity of his talents was on full display. He pushed the pace. He got to the basket. He guarded. He distributed. He played center. And he got in passing lanes to force steals.

Perhaps most important, he was appropriately selfish, seeking his own shot repeatedly, a big departure from the open looks he deferred on just weeks ago. At the start of the season, Simmons was overfeeding his teammates. Now they’re returning the favor.

“I know what I can do and what I’m capable of,” Simmons said. “I’m not surprised.”

Now, can he do it in perhaps the biggest game of his career? The Nets head to Philadelphia on Tuesday in what will mark Simmons’ first game at Wells Fargo Center as a visitor. In March, he sat on the bench with a back injury while Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving blew out Harden and the Sixers. That didn’t stop fans from one of the country’s most passionate sports cities from dressing up in clown costumes, wearing Mister Softee shirts with his face on them and chanting at him throughout the game.