Ben Simmons receives NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week for second time in career

Ben Simmons has been named Eastern Conference Player of the Week by the NBA, for the second time in his career.

The NBA made the announcement Monday. The honor covers games played February 26 through March 3.

Simmons has carried the honor once before, in April 2018. Along with Joel Embiid's Player of the Week honor earlier in the season, the 76ers become the fourth team in this NBA season to have more than one player receive the award.

Simmons, Embiid, Andre Miller along with Hall of Fame players Allen Iverson, Charles Barkley, Julius Erving and Moses Malone have all received the honor multiple times.

Simmons help lead the 76ers to a 2-1 week, with road wins over New Orleans and Oklahoma City. He averaged 16.7 points, 13.3 rebounds, 8.0 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.0 block per game.

Simmons holds season averages of 17 points, 9.1 rebounds, 7.9 assists and 1.3 steals per game. Simmons, along with Denver's Nikola Jokic and Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook, are the only players in the NBA to average at least 17 points, nine rebounds and seven assists per game.