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Simmons moves into outright favouritism for rookie of the year

Tue, Oct 24, 5:23pm by Head Editor

Melbourne-born Ben Simmons is turning heads after just four games in the NBA, scoring three double-doubles and then a triple-double in his club’s first win of the season, against Detroit on Tuesday (AEDT).

The 208-centimetre point guard finished with 21 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in the 97-86 against the Pistons, a result that also sees the 21-year-old enter the records books, as the third player in history –behind Oscar Roberston and Art Williams – to have a triple-double in the opening four games of his career.

Simmons opened the season as a $4 second favourite to win the NBA’s rookie of the year award, but after averaging 17.4 points, 10 rebounds and 6.6 assists over his first four games, he’s now a red-hot favourite, at $1.67 to be named the winner.

Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball has drifted from top pick at $3.30 to the second line of betting at $5 but it must be said, he has bounced back after a horrible first-up performance against the Clippers.

After scoring just three points on debut, the 19-year-old secured a double-double in his team’s 132-130 win over the Suns, finishing with 29 points, 11rebounds and nine assists.

Overall No.1 pick Markelle Fultz, who is playing alongside Simmons at Philadelphia has slid from $8 to $36 to take home the coveted award after starting the season poorly. He’s scored a combined 14 points from the three games he’s played, which has led many pundits to suggest he may be carrying a shoulder injury.

Simmons has had no such worries though, Tuesday’s (AEDT) triple-double was the first by an Australian in the NBA, which has already fuelled speculation that he is this country’s best ever, and watching him dominate as he did in Detroit, it’s hard to argue that point.

The next time that we’ll get to see him on the floor is on Thursday at 10am (AEDT) when Philadelphia hosts the Houston Rockets.

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