With the Summer League finished and the NBA season yet to start, all eyes are fixed on the various high-profile pickup games taking place all over the US.
The biggest pick-up game thus far has been the star-studded LeBron – Melo – KD scrimmage in Manhattan. The game was made all the more infamous when we found out LeBron had in fact flown a private jet from Cleveland to New York just to play for two hours.
Just last night, Australia got its first taste of the action with Ben Simmons playing in the Diamond Valley Sports Centre’s ‘Ultimate Civic League’, deep in the northern suburbs of Melbourne.
The 2016 NBA Draft’s #1 pick is in town to promote his first basketball camp, but Simmons still had enough time to show out in a friend’s social league team.
The Herald Sun reported that witnesses didn’t realise there was an NBA player lining up on one end of the court – until he started dunking over people with ease.
Simmons single-handedly turned the game around in the second quarter, knocking up a quick 12 points to bring ‘The Splashers’ back from a 12-point deficit and put them ahead for the rest of the match.
It was all downhill skiing from there for the 76ers stud, cruising to a lazy 34 points in what is just a small taste of the great things which are expected from him in the NBA.
Stats via SportsTG.
In what is sure to be some good news for 76ers fans, it doesn’t appear the young gun was even trying.
Ben Simmons is due to make his much-anticipated NBA debut on October 18th against the Wizards after missing all of last season through a foot injury.