Philadelphia 76ers rookie Ben Simmons is having a historic rookie year. After being drafted in 2016 No.1 overall pick Ben Simmons, finally made his debut this year after being held out to recover from an injury. Now he is breaking records.
Simmons broke a tie with Hall of Famer Magic Johnson, who had seven triple-doubles as a rookie. Oscar Robertson holds the NBA record with 26 triple-doubles in his rookie season.
Simmons also surpassed 500 total assists for the season in the Sixers’ 118-110win over the Knicks. Simmons, Johnson and Robertson are the only players to have at least 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 500 assists in their rookie seasons.
“It’s surreal knowing that the game’s been played for a long time and so many greats have been through,” Simmons said. “I’ve set a record with Magic and Oscar Robertson, which is surreal to me.”
Simmons ended the night with 13 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists against the Knicks.
“People want me to be a scorer, or a player that I’m not right now,” Simmons said when asked about his eighth triple-double. “I can score the ball, but I can also rebound and pass the ball. I’d rather do that and do what I’m pretty good at than force things.”