NBA 2018-19: 5 sophomores poised to have a breakout season
#2 Ben Simmons
Many questioned Simmons' eligibility as a rookie last year, but the NBA rules treated him as one and going into his sophomore year, he's equipped to become one of the best. He bagged Rookie of the Year in a tussle with Donovan Mitchell that extended beyond the basketball court and into the infamous social media realm as well.
Adding to his already brilliant season averages of 15.8 points, 8.1 rebounds, 8.2 assists, and 1.7 steals, he passed Magic Johnson’s rookie triple-double total as well. He recorded 12 triple-doubles and 38 double-doubles during the regular season becoming just the second player in NBA history to record at least 1,200 points, 600 assists and 600 rebounds in his rookie season.
The Sixers showed they were real contenders to top the East, as they finished with a solid 52-30 record, claiming 3rd position behind Boston & Toronto.
Considering his drastic improvement with every passing game and Embiid by his side, it won't be long until Philly makes it to the NBA Finals.