76ers’ Ben Simmons Becomes First Rookie Since Lakers’ Magic Johnson With Triple-Double In NBA Playoffs
Ben Simmons
Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

With his size and passing ability at the point guard position, Philadelphia 76ers rookie Ben Simmons has often drawn comparisons to Los Angeles Lakers legend Magic Johnson. Magic, of course, took the Lakers to another level as a team in his first season, and Simmons is trying to do the same with the 76ers.

The comparisons make sense as, like Magic, Simmons uses his size to see over smaller guards and whip beautiful passes to his teammates. His coach, Brett Brown, even watched film of Magic with Simmons so he could use learn some of the tricks of the Hall-of-Famer.

Now in his first playoff series, a heated, physical match-up with the Miami Heat, Simmons finds his name next to Magic’s again. According to the NBA History Twitter account, Simmons became the first rookie since Johnson to post a triple-double in the NBA playoffs:

As proof of just how great Johnson was, he is the only player on the list with more than one playoff triple-double, notching five in total.

Simmons has made waves in his first year, becoming the favorite to win the Rookie of the Year Award while making history along the way. He totaled the second-most triple-doubles by a rookie during the regular season, passing Johnson and trailing only Oscar Robertson.

Simmons’ 17 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists led the Sixers to a hard-fought 106-102 win over the Heat, giving them a 3-1 series lead with a chance to close it out back at home. With as good as he has been, and as much as the team relies on Simmons, it wouldn’t be any surprise to see him post at least one more triple-double before these playoffs are over.

WANT TO PARTICIPATE IN THE DISCUSSION? CHECK OUT THE NEW LAKERSNATION FORUM CLUB

You May Also Like

NBA Draft Rumors: Markelle Fultz Was Considering Signing With Big Baller Brand, Alongside Lonzo Ball

With the 2017 NBA Draft set for Thursday, the pre-draft rumors are circulating and creating quite the buzz…

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver Sends Memo To Teams Regarding Protests In Wake Of George Floyd Death

Although the NBA is not currently playing games due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, they are still very…

NBA Doesn’t Have Specific Scenario Or Positive Tests To Postpone Games

Without the ability to operate within a bubble as they did to finish out the 2020 season, the NBA will have a…

2018 NBA Draft News: Deandre Ayton Sees Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant In Himself, Devin Booker

At the 2018 NBA Draft, the Phoenix Suns selected Deandre Ayton with the first overall pick. Ayton was a dominant presence…