Ben Simmons had fans across the league worried that the Brooklyn Nets were well on their way to setting the league on fire in its latest outing.
The Australian star crashed back to Earth on Saturday with arguably the worst outing he has produced in his career so far.
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After leaving the NBA world in awe after an All-Star level exit against the Milwaukee Bucks, Simmons was at his worst against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The All-Star guard was unable to stay on the pitch for more than 13 minutes as he accumulated six fouls and was forced out of the game.
Simmons’ sixth and final foul came 90 seconds into the third quarter, luckily his Nets teammates recovered the game and secured the 112-102 victory.
Simmons ultimately finished the game with a poor score in the box of two points, two rebounds, six assists and six fouls.
Kyrie Irving topped the score for the Nets with 26 points on the 8/17 shot while Kevin Durant recorded 20 points on the 7/17 shot.
Simmons took a little tinkering with his exit after harsh comments surfaced about his relationship, or not, with former Philadelphia teammate Joel Embiid.
Despite the humble release, Simmons still produced some better works in his tiny time on the floor.
In the first quarter on a missed free throw from Rudy Gobert, Simmons found Kyrie Irving in series with a perfectly placed all-court pass.
Then at the start of the second he secured his only spots of the night by a floating right hook that tilted from the glass.
Elsewhere, on the last night of the NBA pre-season, Australian rookie Dyson Daniels produced a Sportscenter-worthy play.
In the fourth quarter, the young New Orleans Pelicans stopped AJ Griffin of the Atlanta Hawks’ dunk attempt.
As Griffin crawled across the floor during the fast break, Daniels sat in the paint waiting for the moment to launch.
Daniels timed to perfection when he met Griffin in the room and rejected the dunk attempt.
Originally released as Ben Simmons produces a nightmare exit in the NBA preseason finale