NEWCASTLE-raised basketball phenomenon Ben Simmons is on the cusp of becoming Australia’s first NBA All Star.
The spring-heeled, silken-skilled rookie dropped 26 points, including a spectacular two-hand slam, to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 112-106 triumph over the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday.
The 211cm point guard has averaged a near triple-double, draining 17 points, to go with 8.5 rebounds and 7.4 assists.
It seems, Simmons has been taking it to town over opponents all his life.
His older sister, Olivia, this week released stunning footage of Simmons as a toddler dunking on father, and then Newcastle Falcon Dave, in their back yard.
In a jovial home video, Dave shows off his “pre-game routine”.
“I’m gonna like this ... that’s what I’m talking about, physical play,” Dave says after dunking on an opponent who we’re yet to see on camera.
Not to be outdone, a young Ben grabs the ball, puts it on the floor, dribbles through dad’s legs and throws it down for a dunk.
Some 20 years, on little has change.
Simmons is fourth among guards in the Eastern Conference in All Star Game voting behind fellow Aussie-born super star Kyrie Irving.