Ben Simmons

Ben Simmons

25-Year-Old GuardG
Philadelphia 76ers
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Injury Not Injury Related
Est. Return 10/20/2021
2021 Fantasy Outlook
For a 25-year-old coming off of his third consecutive All-Star appearance, Simmons' stock couldn't be much lower. Thanks to an embarrassing flame-out in Round 2 against Atlanta -- a series in which Simmons had four single-digit scoring games and missed two-thirds of his free throws -- the former No. 1 overall pick finds himself at a career crossroads. As of late-August, he's still a member of the 76ers, but the team has not-so-secretly shopped him around to every GM who will take Daryl Morey's calls. Given how last season ended, it's hard to imagine Simmons isn't donning a new uniform by Opening Night, and there's a strong case to be made that a change of scenery would be in his best interest. For fantasy purposes, it's difficult to project what Simmons' season could look like before we know where he'll play. But he's been remarkably consistent through his first four years in the league, generating elite counting stats -- steals, in particular -- while killing fantasy managers at the free throw line and offering no three-pointers. Nevertheless, Simmons has three top-40 seasons and two top-30 seasons to his name, so if he eventually lands with a team willing to tailor itself around his strengths, Simmons could be set for a bounce-back. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a five-year, $169.65 million contract extension with the 76ers in July of 2019.
Personal Bio

Benjamin David Simmons was born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, to David and Julie Simmons. His father played college basketball for Oklahoma City University in the United States and later joined the Melbourne Tigers in Australia's National Basketball League. Simmons has five brothers and sisters: Melissa, Emily, Liam, Sean and Olivia. He began playing basketball at the age of seven for the Newcastle Hunters' under-12 representative team. In January of 2013, Simmons moved to the United States to attend and play basketball at Montverde Academy in Montverde, Florida. The following year, Simmons averaged 18.5 points, 9.8 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game as a junior. He led Monteverde to a 28-0 record and a victory in the High School National Tournament at Madison Square Garden. Simmons took home MVP honors, tallying 24 points and 12 rebounds in the championship game. In his senior season, Simmons averaged 28.0 points, 11.9 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.6 steals per game while shooting 70.7 percent from the field and recording 24 double-doubles. He was then named the Naismith Prep Player of the Year and the Gatorade National Player of the Year. Simmons was also chosen to play in the annual McDonald's All-American Game and was named the Morgan Wootten Award winner, given annually to the best male McDonald's All-American player who exemplifies outstanding character, exhibits leadership, and embodies the values of being a student-athlete in the classroom and in the community. In addition, Simmons was tabbed Mr. Basketball USA and named a First-Team Parade All-American. Simmons has been involved in numerous charitable causes since joining the NBA. He holds annual basketball camps in both Australia and the United States to teach basketball skills to children and young adults. Since 2018, Simmons has hosted "Coats for Kids," an event organized to provide every student at a Philadelphia elementary school with a coat for the winter. In 2020, he took part in the #AllInChallenge, raising funds for food-related charities such as Feeding America, Meals On Wheels, World Central Kitchen and No Kid Hungry. Learn more about Simmons by following him on Twitter (@BenSimmons25) and on Instagram (@bensimmons).

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Even before he stepped onto the court in Baton Rouge, Simmons came with quite a reputation. The 6-foot-10 lefty forward was rated as the top prospect in 2015 and had led Montverde Academy to a high school national tournament title. Statistically, Simmons had an excellent season. He averaged 19.2 points, 11.8 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 2.0 steals, but the Tigers did not surround the prized forward with enough perimeter shooting to help the team be more successful. The forward showed his array of skills with games such as 43 points, 14 rebounds, seven assists and five steals in a win over North Florida. He also had 24 points, nine rebounds and seven assists in a win over Oral Roberts. LSU went 11-7 in SEC play, but it lost in the second round of the SEC Tournament and were not invited to the NCAA Tournament. Simmons was named SEC Rookie of the Year, All-SEC First Team, and a First Team All-American. After one season with LSU, Simmons applied for the 2015 NBA Draft and was chosen with the first overall pick by the Philadelphia 76ers.

Status still unclear for opener
GPhiladelphia 76ers
Not Injury Related
October 18, 2021
Sixers' head coach Doc Rivers said Monday that the team will "wait and see" how Simmons looks over the next few days before deciding on his status for Wednesday's regular-season opener against the Pelicans, Tim Bontemps of ESPN reports.
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A little over a week ago, the idea of Simmons returning to play for the 76ers -- on Opening Night, no less -- seemed like an impossible scenario, but it looks as though the embattled 25-year-old will have a legitimate chance to take the floor Wednesday night. Rivers said Simmons' status will depend upon his "conditioning, timing and sharpness," as the rest of the roster has been practicing and playing together for the last three-plus weeks. As Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported last week, the belief is that the two sides are still working toward an eventual trade, but for the time being Simmons -- who has cleared the league's health and safety protocols -- appears to be prepared to play for the Sixers in the meantime.
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Simmons' fourth season with the 76ers was a good one as the guard was able to average 14.3 points, 7.2 rebounds, 6.9 assists and 1.6 steals. The 24-year-old made 55.7 percent from the field, 61.3 percent from the free-throw line and 30.0 percent from beyond the three-point arc. Simmons played and started in 58 regular-season games where he logged 32.4 minutes per game. The LSU product was able to record five triple-doubles, 18 double-doubles and 55 double-digit scoring performances. The former first overall pick's best performance of the year came on Feb. 15 against Utah as Simmons dropped a career-high 42 points to go along with 12 assists, nine rebounds, a steal and a block. Another strong game from Simmons came against the Wizards in the playoffs where Simmons logged six points, 15 rebounds, 15 assists, a steal and a block to help secure a Game 1 win. In the playoffs, the 6-foot-11 guard notched averages of 11.9 points, 8.8 assists, 7.9 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 0.8 blocks in 33.5 minutes. On the defensive side, Simmons established himself as an elite defender, finishing tied for first on his team in steals (1.3) and fourth on his team in blocks (0.8). One of Simmons' best defensive games of the year was on Jan. 31 where the fourth-year guard recorded four steals and two blocks. Simmons became a key piece for the 76ers as he ended the year leading his team in assists (6.9), third in points (14.3) and third in rebounds (7.2).

2019

Playing in his third NBA season, Simmons saw action in 57 games for the 76ers, averaging 35.4 minutes per contest. The LSU product shot career-bests from both the field (58.0% FG) and the free-throw line (62.1% FT). Simmons posted averages of 16.4 points, 7.8 rebounds, 8.0 assists and a league-leading 2.1 steals per game. He was named to his second consecutive All-Star Game, in which he finished with 17 points, six rebounds, five assists and two steals as a member of Team LeBron. Simmons was also named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team for the first time in his career. On opening night against Boston on Oct. 23, Simmons started the season with 24 points, nine assists, and eight rebounds in a Sixers victory. He recorded his first of six triple-doubles on the season in a win over the Spurs on Nov. 22, finishing with 10 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds. In a Dec. 7 win over the Cavaliers, Simmons hit the second three-pointer of his career and set a new career-high with 34 points in just 26 minutes. He matched that total in a win over the Nets on Jan. 20, finishing with a 34-point, 12-rebound, 12-assist triple-double, while also tacking on five steals and two blocks. In another triple-double effort, Simmons handed out a career-high 17 assists against the Nuggets on Dec. 23. He also added 16 points and 13 rebounds. The Melbourne, Australia native recorded a career-high seven steals on two separate occasions -- both 76ers victories. From Dec. 13 to Feb. 11, Simmons scored in double-figures in a career-best 29 consecutive games. In that span, he averaged 19.6 points, 8.7 rebounds, 8.3 assists and 2.2 steals per game. In a win over the Knicks on Nov. 20, Simmons drilled his first career three-pointer. At season's end, Simmons ranked ninth in the NBA in minutes per game, sixth in assists per game, first in steals per game, and fifth in triple-doubles. Simmons missed the 76ers' final nine games, including the playoffs, due to a knee injury. In September, Simmons was named to the All-NBA Third Team, his first career All-NBA selection.

2018

Simmons started 79 games for the 76ers in his second healthy season in the NBA, averaging a career-high 16.9 points per game. On Jan. 2, he scored a season-high 29 points in a 132-127 win over the Phoenix Suns. The following month, he matched that 29-point high against the Portland Trail Blazers. The point guard averaged 7.7 assists per game, which was the sixth-highest rate in the NBA. On Jan. 11, Simmons dished out a career-high 15 assists against the Atlanta Hawks. Less than two weeks later, he matched that high with another 15-assist performance in a 122-120 victory over the San Antonio Spurs. Simmons' achievements were rewarded when he was named to his first All-Star Game. At the event, he scored 10 points in 17 minutes for Team LeBron. Simmons started 12 playoff games, averaging 13.9 points and 6.0 assists per game. He finished third in the league in total assists with 610.

2017

Simmons made his highly anticipated NBA debut in 2017-18 after the previous season was wiped out by an injured foot. The delay proved to be worth the wait, as 2016's No. 1 overall draft pick consistently stuffed the stat sheet on his way to the NBA Rookie of the Year award. Simmons showed no lingering effects from the foot injury, playing 81 games and averaging 33.7 minutes per contest. He made use of excellent court vision and superb passing skills to average 8.2 assists per game, sixth in the league. Simmons also proved to be an adept rebounder, ranking among the top players at his position with 8.1 boards per contest. The ex-LSU Tiger also contributed as a scorer, registering 15.8 points per contest while shooting an efficient 54.5 percent from the field. Simmons was no slouch on the defensive end, either; he ranked ninth in the league with 1.7 steals per contest and second with 5.0 defensive win shares. Considering Simmons' diverse all-around game, it's no surprise that he racked up 12 triple-doubles on the season, trailing only Russell Westbrook and LeBron James for the top mark in the league. The rookie's emergence helped the Sixers qualify for the playoffs for the first time in six years, and they advanced to the Eastern Conference Semifinals before being eliminated by Boston. Simmons continued his strong play in the postseason, averaging 16.3 points, 9.4 rebounds, 7.7 assists and 1.7 steals over 10 games. His all-around brilliance as a 20-year-old earned Simmons a number of accolades. In addition to the Rookie of the Year award, he was named Rookie of the Month four times and Player of the Week twice while garnering a unanimous selection to the All-Rookie First Team.

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Simmons continues to make incremental improvements to his game, and 2019-20 was a big year for him defensively. He averaged 2.1 steals and 0.6 blocks and was named to the All-Defensive First Team. Simmons' other averages of 16.4 points, 8.0 assists and 7.8 rebounds (six triple-doubles) helped him secure a Third-Team All-NBA selection, as well. Simmons was also able to improve his field-goal percentage (58.0) and free-throw percentage (62.1). Continuing to improve the latter will be crucial for Simmons to improve his upside as a fantasy asset past last season's rank of 19th (per-game, eight-category leagues). Simmons hit the first three-pointer of his career in 2019-20, but fantasy managers still shouldn't expect any real three-point production from him in 2020-21. There will be a new coach in place for the upcoming season, as coach Brett Brown was fired and replaced by Doc Rivers. That said, Simmons' role shouldn't change drastically, and we can still expect him to be the top option in Philadelphia with Joel Embiid.
Simmons backed up his 2017-18 Rookie of the Year award by making his first All-Star team in 2018-19. As a 6-foot-10 point guard with no shooting ability outside of the paint, he's one of the more unique players we've seen in recent history, and he's one of only 10 players in the three-point era to average at least 16 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists and 1 steal. Simmons naturally draws comparisons to Magic Johnson -- a tall, distributing point guard with limited shooting touch. That said, it remains to be seen what type of ceiling that type of player has in the modern NBA, where three-point shooting is emphasized. While Simmons didn't demonstrate much improvement from Year 1 to Year 2, he's already one of the best passers in the NBA and a dynamic finisher around the basket and in transition. That gives him a high floor moving forward, even if the fit between him and Joel Embiid is less than ideal. Heading into 2019-20, fantasy owners should not expect Simmons to develop a passable jumper (he was 2-for-25 from beyond 15 feet last season), but rather view that possibility as a bonus.
After missing the entire 2016-17 campaign after being selected with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, Simmons took the court for his highly-anticipated debut season. The 22-year-old missed just one game the entire year and helped take a very young roster to the Eastern Conference semifinals. Simmons' stuffing of the stat sheet made him an immediate hit in Fantasy leagues and he wound up averaging 15.8 points, 8.1 rebounds, 8.2 assists and 1.7 steals across 33.7 minutes. That placed him 6th in the league in assists and 10th in steals, while he also notched 12 triple-doubles. Simmons does have some work to do with his shot, as defenses were able to pack the lane at times knowing the young star doesn't have a developed three-point shot. He took just 11 total three-pointers for the entire year and failed to get a single one to fall, so that is certainly a spot where his game can grow. Simmons also finished with a brutal 56 percent clip from the free-throw line, another thing to consider for those negatively impacted in rotisserie Fantasy leagues. Despite the few drawbacks, Simmons' solid first season immediately puts him into consideration for a top-20 pick in most leagues ahead of Year 2. As previously mentioned, there's a few places where Simmons needs to improve, but his overall ability to fill up the box score and potential to put up a triple-double on any given night, should bring him off the board early in drafts. The Rookie of the Year award winner could also take another step forward offensively with an offseason to work on his game and it's also worth it to note that the Sixers didn't bring in anyone this summer that threatens any of Simmons' workload or usage.
Simmons missed all of 2016-17 after breaking his foot in camp. Though he was cleared for contact in time, he remained sidelined through 2017’s Summer League. He is expected to be available before the start of the season, though the 76ers injury updates on their franchise prospects can be suspect – throughout 2016-17, in both the cases of Simmons and Joel Embiid, many injury updates and recovery timetables released by the team later turned out to have understated the significance of their injuries. Even if fully healthy, foot injuries to big men are scary, and his draft stock may falter due to fears of reinjury. In his only year at LSU, Simmons showed his unusual versatility by averaging 19.2 points, 11.8 rebounds, and 4.8 assists. The 6’10”, 240 pound player presents an unusual combination of skills, and it is therefore unclear what position he will end up playing most often at the NBA level. After being drafted as a power forward, the 76ers quickly announced that they would experiment with Simmons at point guard, as passing, vision, and playmaking are among his greatest strengths. However, the team then took point guard Markelle Fultz with the first overall selection in the 2017 draft. Additionally, while Simmons possesses the ball-handling and offensive leadership skills to be an option at point guard, he has a poor jump shot, a knack for rebounding, and he is the same size as many centers, including Al Horford and Clint Capela. Simmons is likely to see time at several positions, including small forward, in addition to point guard and power forward, as the 76ers try to determine where he fits best. Experimenting at different positions is good for his long-term growth, though it may cause inconsistencies in his night-to-night production. The 76ers have a realistic shot at the playoffs this season, which should lessen the extreme caution they have demonstrated over the past few seasons towards their elite prospects. Simmons should have opportunities to rack up significant minutes as part of a talented, complementary starting lineup that will likely feature Simmons, Fultz, Embiid, and J.J. Redick.
Since the 76ers decided to trade Andre Iguodala prior to the 2012-13 season and embrace a long-term rebuild, the team had failed to land the No. 1 overall pick in the previous three years, despite possessing a boatload of lottery picks. The organization's luck finally changed for the better in the 2016 NBA Draft, and the 76ers' brain trust needed little time to determine that Simmons was the player that they wanted to serve as the new face of the franchise. During his lone season at LSU, the Australian-born Simmons used his uncommon combination of size (6-foot-10, 240 pounds), athleticism and playmaking abilities to dominate the competition, averaging 19.2 points, 11.8 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game. He was especially breathtaking in transition -- both while running the break and finishing -- and excelled at drawing contact and getting to the free-throw line. While Simmons' jumper remains suspect and some talent evaluators have questioned his effort and intensity on the defensive end, there's still reason to believe that his immense physical gifts can overcome those deficiencies. The rookie was immediately slated to open his career as the 76ers' starting power forward, but after fracturing his foot during training camp, it appears the start of his NBA career will be delayed. It's uncertain how long Simmons will be sidelined, but once he's cleared to play, he could face minute or game restrictions temporarily before the 76ers allow him to go full bore. As such, those considering drafting Simmons in single-season leagues will have to determine if they can withstand a potential long-term absence, though the uniquely skilled forward's value in dynasty formats shouldn't be altered by the injury. Over time, Simmons figures to see more minutes at running the offense as a point forward, as the 76ers already boast considerable frontcourt depth with the likes of Jahlil Okafor, Nerlens Noel, Joel Embiid and Dario Saric.
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Unsure for opener
GPhiladelphia 76ers
Not Injury Related
October 17, 2021
Philadelphia head coach Doc Rivers said Sunday that he's unsure whether Simmons will be available for Wednesday's season opener in New Orleans, Derek Bodner of The Athletic reports.
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Won't play Friday
GPhiladelphia 76ers
Not Injury Related
October 15, 2021
Simmons (reconditioning) will not play in Friday's preseason finale against the Pistons, Ramona Shelbourne of ESPN.com reports.
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Doubtful Friday
GPhiladelphia 76ers
Not Injury Related
October 13, 2021
Simmons (not injury related) hasn't been ruled out for Friday's preseason game against the Pistons, Ky Carlin of USA Today reports. He is officially doubtful for the contest.
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Arrives in Philly
GPhiladelphia 76ers
Not Injury Related
October 11, 2021
Simmons (not injury related) has arrived in Philadelphia and has taken a COVID-19 test as required by NBA protocol, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
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Working toward reunion with Sixers
GPhiladelphia 76ers
Not Injury Related
October 11, 2021
Simmons' agent, Rich Paul, and 76ers officials have been progressing in talks in recent days to have the three-time All-Star report to Philadelphia and end his impasse with the franchise, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
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