Ben Simmons is averaging 18.4 points, 9.1 rebounds and 7.7 assists in 35.0 minutes per game over his first seven NBA games. Simmons also a PER of 21.5, but he thought he'd be playing better.

“I thought I’d be playing better, honestly,” Simmons said. “I need to pick it up. It’s awesome [being in the NBA]. I wouldn’t want to do anything else. I love what I do. I’m just grateful to be here, just got to keep working.”

Simmons missed the entire 16-17 season due to a foot injury after he was the first overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Simmons was asked how developing a consistent outside shot would help his game.

“It’s going to be pretty tough to guard me,” he said.