Looking To The Future: Ben Simmons 2019-2020 NBA Breakout Player (8/22/19)

Ben Simmons looks really locked in this offseason — more so than any other year before.

In Simmons’ first NBA season, he put up some pretty crazy numbers. In the 2017-2018 season, Ben played 81 games and averaged 15.8 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 8.2 assists per game (basketball reference). He ended up winning the NBA Rookie of the Year Award after that stellar season. In the next year, he played 79 games and averaged 16.9 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 7.7 assists a game!

I credit a decent amount of Ben Simmons’ career success to his health on and off the court. There are 82 games in an NBA season and in the last two years, he has only missed a combined 4 games in 2 years! Pretty unreal!

Now, Ben Simmons had one downside — his stats are not very good from 3 point range. Part of it is the fact that he is a 6’10”, 230 pound machine, but the other is just lack of skill. In both years, Simmons averaged zero threes made and .1 attempted. Those are horrific stats from beyond the arc.

But Simmons has been obviously working on his shot because his shooting from downtown is looking way better than it has in the years past. I don’t know about you, but I think that we are beginning to witness a new kind of NBA Superstar: Ben 2.0!

Photo Credit:
By Keith Allison – https://www.flickr.com/photos/27003603@N00/26620540048/, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=66816500