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Ben Simmons stats during Brooklyn Nets winning streak, best player on team, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving

The Nets are riding the longest winning streak in the league this season, and their best since 2005-06. And during this run, their best net rating doesn’t belong to high-scoring stars Kevin Durant or Kyrie Irving.

It belongs to Ben Simmons.

Coming into Thursday (AEDT)’s game with the Hawks, Simmons has the team’s best net rating (+21.7) and defensive rating (106.6), as well as even the top offensive rating (127.9) among the regular rotation players. What’s been the secret?

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“I think he could probably answer that better. But me as a teammate, just seeing him smile, have fun and be competitive, that’s him being himself,” Irving said of Simmons.

“So anytime he could just be himself and trust that…

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