Mike Scott and Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers defend Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks during a game in February.
There is no question that Ben Simmons, the Guardian of the Philadelphia 76ers, is one of the best defensive players in the entire NBA. On the other hand, few would argue against the fact that Dallas Mavericks star Luka Dončić is considered one of the most unstoppable offensive forces.
The two outstanding players will face each other for the fourth time in their young careers on Monday. Until then, it was an advantage for Simmons.
The 22-year-old Dončić is from Solvenia and was voted third overall by the Atlanta Hawks in the 2018 NBA draft. On that day, Dončić was traded for the fifth election of the year – Trae Young – and one election in the 2019 first round for the Mavericks.
Simmons is from Melbourne, Australia. He was number 1 in the Sixers in the 2016 NBA Draft but missed the entire 2016-2017 season with a foot injury. In the past three seasons, Dallas and Philly have played against each other five times with Dončić and Simmons in the association, but the Mavs’ best player was inactive twice due to an injury.
The first fight between the two bolts took place on January 5, 2019 instead of – a 106-100 Sixers home win. In more than 26 minutes, Dončić scored just 14 points in a lazy 4v16 shooting night, including 1v8 with three pointers.
Although these numbers are not necessarily due to Simmon’s cut-off defense, the Australian ended it Compete with a 20-point, 13-rebound, and 11-assist triple-double in 9v16 shooting. During the 2019-2020 campaign changed by the pandemic, the duo competed in Dallas on January 11, 2020, resulting in a huge comeback win for the hosts between 109 and 91.
During Dončić an almost triple double out of 19 points , Scoring 12 rebounds and eight assists, he was still fighting off the field at 4:15. According to NBA.com, the Slovenian was forced to a staggering four turnovers in two minutes and 57 seconds against Simmons in the competition.
In their third and most recent head-to-head game, the Sixers once again found home-style cooking to be decisive for the result when they pushed aside Mavericks 111-97 at the Wells Fargo Center. Dončić finished the game with 19 points in a respectable 6-on-13 shooting – including 3-on-6 from a distance – but ended the game with only four assists against seven turnovers and a plus / minus of -20. < In seven minutes and 28 seconds of play defended by Simmons, Dončić scored six points in 3v7, but also had an ugly assist to turnover ratio of 1: 4 and missed all three of his attempts from downtown.
GettyPhiladelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons and Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic during a game in February.
Although Dončić has not always had his A-Game against Simmons and the Sixers – albeit in a limited sample size – , his talents and accomplishments are undeniable. His status among the NBA stars at his young age is almost unbelievable, and many have already placed number 77 among the top 5 players in the league.
Looking at Dončić’s career splits, he now has at least twice against each team played in the NBA, and the numbers have dropped significantly against the Sixers almost across the board. In the three games against Philly, the superstar has respectable averages of 17.3 points, 6.7 rebounds and 6.7 assists.
However, Dončić only made 14 out of 44 field goal attempts in the three games, including 5 out of 17 from the three-point country. His success rate of 31.8% on field goals against the Sixers is lower than against any other team, as is his offensive rating of 94. His 20 assists against 12 turnovers while playing Simmons and Company also leave a lot to be desired.
The Sixers and Mavericks are scheduled to tip at 7:30 p.m. on Monday in Dallas.