Description: After the heyday of Yao Ming, Ben Simmons is Asia’s next pride in the American Professional Basketball League.
2017/18 was the first season that Ben Simmons had the opportunity to show their skills on the NBA floor. Promising, the 2019-20 season will be an explosive land of this basketball star. The Australian defender led the field for 81 games for the Philadelphia 76ers (all in the starting position), scoring an average of 15.8 points, 8.1 rebounds and 8.2 assists per game. Thanks to that, Simmons was honored by the NBA in the “Best Rookie of the Year” award.
At only 22 years of age, Simmons possesses a respectable skill set: can hold the ball well and launch clear passes for teammates, as evidenced by the number of 8.2 assists per game. Simmons plays in position 1, but as high as 2.08 m should be enough to perform intrusive phase, strong basketball and even launched emotional “backstroke”.
Witnessing the “golden boy” of Australian basketball in the NBA 2017/18, the world basketball village believes that the Simmons becoming the new “king” in the tournament is only a matter of time. As shared by LeBron James: “I am the king and Simmons is the prince. In a while, Simmons will take the throne. ”
Quitting football according to basketball career
Simmons was born on July 20, 1996, in the outskirts of Melbourne, Australia. Simmons’ father, Dave, a US citizen who played basketball at the University of Oklahoma, then devoted 13 seasons to the Melbourne Tigers Club in the NBL (Australian Professional Basketball League).
Under the guidance of Mr. Dave, Simmons contacted basketball at the age of 7. Afterward, Simmons played both rugby and soccer. In Melbourne, Simmons is the outstanding talent of the young club Beverley Hills. Yarra Children Sim, Simmons was voted the best player. In 7th grade, Simmons helped Whitefriars to win the “1A Championship” and he was awarded the MVP title.
Dave recounts that his son plays well in many sports, especially football. However, in a day when the coach refused to play in his forte position, Simmons resolutely broke up “the ball”. At 15, Simmons chose basketball as his last sport. His career began to blossom when he was invited to the “All-American” Training Camp in the US in 2012.
In the 2013/14 season, Simmons wore a Montverde High School basketball team. The young talents of Australian basketball scored an average of 18.5 points, 9.8 rebounds and 2.7 assists, with a successful finishing rate of 69% and 77% accuracy from the free-throw line. Simmons helped Montverde end the season with a record 28-0 series and was rated by the experts as the best high school player in the United States.
Simmons then moved to the LSU Tigers University basketball team and continued to show excellent performance. In the 2015/16 season alone, Simmons played 33 games, leading all LSU Tigers parameters: scored an average of 19.2 points, 11.8 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 2 steals and 0.8 blocks. When Simmons finished 3 years of college, he participated in the 2016 NBA Draft.
Here, coach Brett Brown and the Philadelphia 76ers decided to use the first Draft for Simmons. Simmons was the first player to ever play in the NCAA, but was given the first round. Also participating in the 2016 NBA Draft with Simmons are Brandon Ingram, Jaylen Brown – talents are also shining in the NBA.
“His dream is to play soccer in the NBA. He has not had an easy time, having to relocate continuously from a young age. But the important thing is that he has reached the highest peak of basketball in the world, ”said Dave Simmons, touched by the time Ben Simmons was chosen by the Philadelphia 76ers at the 2016 NBA Draft.
Crash at the happiest moment
The rookie season in the NBA is always memorable for any player. But bad luck came to Simmons when the talented Australian unexpectedly injured himself in a Philadelphia 76ers training session. Test results show that Simmons suffered a broken jaw and right foot bone, expected to rest for 3-4 months.
“It’s terrible to get injured at the moment, hopefully, everything will be fine,” he worried about problems at the time NBA 2016/17 was about to start. On February 24, 2017, a second shock came to Simmons when the Philadelphia 76ers medical team announced he had to miss the entire season. Specifically, Simmons’s foot bone has not been completely healed so the club did not dare to take risks.
Coach Brett Brown reassured: “Do not worry, the boy is brave, ready to face challenges so he will overcome it.” Simmons declared: “You have to accept reality and cope with it. Now, my job is how to get back from injury. ”
In the past, many NBA players have had similar problems with Simmons and one of them is Kevin Durant. He immediately went to the Golden State Warriors star to receive advice: “I had a similar problem to Durant before, so I want to get advice from him for the best solution.”
Simmons’ foot bones were seriously damaged, so the doctor had to inject a medicine containing bone marrow for him. Severe injury can knock down the will of any 21-year-old player, but not Simmons.
With extraordinary energy, Simmons himself improved the trauma day by day. Although not 100% recovery, but still enough to talented Australians back and enjoy the atmosphere at the peak of NBA games.
“King James”, Durant and many other stars admire Simmons
After a year of absence, Simmons entered NBA 2017/18 as a rookie of the Philadelphia 76ers. In the first match, the Australian talent played up to 34 minutes (the most in the Philadelphia 76ers squad), scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Philadelphia 76ers regrettably lost to Washington Wizards, but he won.
“To go back to the parquet floor, Simmons went through an extremely difficult time. Look at the performance in front of Washington Wizards to see how he has the potential to grow. If there is a regular service of Simmons, I think Philadelphia 76ers will accomplish the goal of returning to the play-off group this season, ”coach Brett Brown emphasized.
Indeed, the return of Simmons and both Joel Embiid helped the Philadelphia 76ers spectacular makeover in the past season. No longer the image of the bullied team, the “treasury” of the whole tournament, the Philadelphia 76ers excelled in the third place in the East and won the right to play in the play-off after 6 years of waiting.
The season has not ended, Simmons nominated himself for the title of “Best Rookie of the Year”. He stated that he would stand for himself in this award”.
The Australian star scored an average of 15.8 points, 8.1 rebounds, 8.2 assists and 1.7 steals, the numbers representing Simmons’ overall play. The 22-year-old has 12 times the triple-double (there are 3 indicators above 10) in the 2017/18 season. During the regular season, Simmons has 6 consecutive months to be honored in the “Best Rookie in the East”.
With Simmons, not only possess these qualities, the 22-year-old star also left an impression in the ability to rebounds and defenses thanks to the height of up to 2.08 m. Simmons’ basketball board infiltrates, not only speed, technique but also the bold and powerful element as a player playing in the position of the main forward (Small Forward).
Since the time of Magic Johnson (2.06 m high), the NBA has witnessed the tall defender leading the ball, possessing an outstanding skill set like Simmons. Kevin Durant once said: “In my career, I have never seen a pattern of dribbling defenders like Simmons. He is fast, smart, athletic and has great strength. ”
Is he worth those appraisals?
The comprehensive of Simmons makes it possible for him to play any position on the field. Even in the rookie season, he was the phenomenon of the tournament and people began to compare him to LeBron James. “King James” himself always admires Simmons, he affirmed that the Australian star will soon be the king of NBA.
“The talent of Simmons is what we see every game. At 22, he will go far in the future. I am the king now, and Simmons is the prince. In a while, he will succeed the throne, ”LeBron James assessed.
Historically, most legends in the NBA have American citizenship. Only a few cases are from other continents but are recognized in the “Flower of the Country” for their outstanding talent: Yao Ming (China), Dirk Nowitzki (Germany), Tony Parker (France) and Manu Ginobili (Argentina).
Over the years, the level of basketball between the United States and other countries around the world has been narrowed, so the NBA is gathering a series of outstanding players without US citizenship. From Giannis Antetokounmpo (Greece), Kristaps Porzingis (Latvia), Lauri Markkanen (Finland), Nikola Jokic (Serbia) and especially Simmons (Australia).
Hw has a very good starting point, the problem is that the 22-year-old talent must continue to overcome the pressure and barriers from injuries to become a true NBA star like Yao Ming or Nowitzki.
With Australian basketball, after the time of Andrew Bogut – NBA champion with the Golden State Warriors, they praised Simmons as a new pride.
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