Okay, there's a lot of water to go under his
bridge yet, but if Simmons' growth continues at a steady pace and he starts to actually shoot, especially beyond the arc, and adds that to his game, he's on a path to guaranteed greatness. And now his next accolade is to adorn the Australia and New Zealand versions of NBA 2K19, releasing this September.
Here's the official line from 2K Australia:
The ground-breaking cover features Australia’s latest global sporting superstar alongside a selection of words chosen by Simmons. Each term contains special meaning to Ben, including “Loyalty,” “Family,” and his signature “Triple Double.”
“It’s a huge honour to be recognised on the first-ever Australian cover for NBA 2K and represent the 76ers,” said Ben Simmons. “The Aussie fans are super passionate about basketball and specifically NBA 2K, so it's very cool to be an ambassador for both”
“Ben is the future of the NBA and his drive and versatility have made him an undeniable force in the league,” said Alfie Brody, Vice President of Marketing for NBA 2K. “He’s the perfect cover athlete and we’re excited to feature him as our very first Australian cover star.”
During his debut season in the NBA Simmons set a host of records. He joined Oscar Robertson and Magic Johnson as only the third rookie in NBA history to reach 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 500 assists and he was second only to Robertson for most triple-doubles in a rookie season. He beat Allen Iverson’s record of 567 assists to set the team rookie record and helped the Philadelphia 76ers qualify for the Eastern Conference playoffs with a record of 52–30, the best team performance since 2001. During the playoffs he became the first rookie since Magic Johnson in 1980 to have a triple-double, and only the fifth rookie in history to achieve this feat.
The game is out on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 this September 11.