Simmons' production has been historic for a first year player, and he's delivered some mesmerising performances on the brightest of regular season stages.
"I wouldn't want to play these guys in the first round with them having home-court", Carlisle said.
Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell has repeatedly deflected any questions of whether he should win Rookie of the Year.
Simmons, averaging 18.5 points, 10 rebounds and 8.8 assists in his team's four wins, and Serbian Nikola Jokic were announced as the players of the week on Monday.
With Joel Embiid sidelined after suffering an orbital fracture off of the errant elbow of teammate Markelle Fultz, the 76ers have had to rely exclusively on their lone remaining star Ben Simmons to keep the team afloat, and so far, he's done that, and oh so much more.
Over the course of the winning streak, Simmons is averaging a triple-double with 14.7 points, 10.1 rebounds and 10.9 assists per game.
With the Sixers clinging on to the 3rd seed in the Eastern Conference, Simmons has been a consistent performer all season, averaging 16.0 points, 8.2 rebounds and 8.2 assists. "If you look at the numbers, you'll see".
Meanwhile, Mitchell is averaging 20.5 points and was the fastest rookie in National Basketball Association history to convert 150 3-pointers. At 6-foot-10, it's become nearly commonplace to see Simmons predominantly cover a point guard in one game and then find himself roaming the paint against some of the league's best big man. With the easy win, Philadelphia improved to 50-30 overall which is now good for third place in the Eastern Conference standings.
"It's huge for the team", Simmons said. Philadelphia prevailed in its first visit to Atlanta on November 1, then won March 30 in Philadelphia.
Harrison Barnes led the scoring for the Mavs with 21 points, with Dennis Smith Jr adding 20 points and Dwight Powell 13.
MarShon Brooks came off of the bench to lead all scorers with 25 points, help Memphis beat visiting Detroit in a game featuring two teams outside of playoff contention. "But at the end of the day, this is my first year in the league".
Mitchell, as well as others around the league, don't share Simmons' belief that he's the clear choice for the award. "But at the same time, we got two more games left and want to stay where we're at".
It's first time two worldwide players have swept the awards in four years.
"(The Boston win) is especially gratifying, knowing you have a couple impact players out and still be able to do what we do", forward Taurean Prince said.
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