Ben Simmons Did Something Even LeBron (Or Anyone Else in NBA History) Hasn't Matched

It hasn't taken long for Ben Simmons to put the rest of the NBA on notice. The Philadelphia 76ers rookie has played in as many games as he has fingers, but in those 10 appearances he has dominated all over the court. 

The Sixers stats department sent out a tweet Wednesday that kind of summed it all up. "[Simmons] is the only NBA player (regardless of years of experience) to begin a season with at least 170 points, 100 rebounds and 80 assists in his team's first 10 games," it posted, linking to Basketball Reference

Think of the best all-around players in the NBA, and they never did what Simmons has done: LeBron James, the triple-double king Russell Westbrook, Steph Curry, etc.

Now, to be clear, this isn't to say Simmons is on the same level as the NBA's elite (although he may just get there someday). And the cut-off figures chosen by the Sixers stat department (first 10 games, 170 points, 100 rebounds and 80 assists) are all arbitrary. But...still: For the Australian forward to post stats nobody has matched in the history of the NBA—and, again, this is not for rookies but rather for anyone of any experience level—that's damn impressive.

Pretty much any stat you look up for Simmons shows he's in elite company (barring his outside shooting, which is, by far, his biggest weakness as a player). It took Simmons nine games to record two triple-doubles, a feat matched only by Oscar Robertson, perhaps one of the 10 best players to ever pick up a basketball. As NJ.com's Joe Giglio pointed out, it took Michael Jordan 58 games to notch two triple-doubles and it took James 118 games.

And he has been consistent{ Simmons has tallied at least 10 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in every game; he's averaging 17.8 points, 10.1 rebounds and 8 assists. 

It's likely Simmons's production could taper off as defenses around the league adjust to his game. Still, watching clips of him play is a hypnotic experience—one moment the 6-foot-10-inch forward glides through defense, then the next he's bolting and finishing at the rim. He has passing lanes available to him that other players just don't see. 

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To be fair, Simmons's stats are boosted a bit because he leads all rookies in minutes-per-game. The team also lets him run the point on offense, even as he guards big men on the other end of the floor. But it's telling that Philly coach Brett Brown already trusts him enough to allow him to play big minutes and control the ball for much of the game. 

Simmons is just 21 years old and thus far has been about as good as anyone could have hoped for a rookie (albeit one who sat out what should have been his first NBA season because of injury). There might not be a ceiling for Simmons, but if his floor is anything close to what he's done in his first 10 games, that's already a big win for the Sixers. 

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