Ben Simmons
Ben Simmons
23-Year-Old GuardG
Philadelphia 76ers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. 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).

College/International Summary

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.

Back to full health
GPhiladelphia 76ers
April 21, 2020
Simmons (back) is back to full health and will be available to play if or when the 2019-20 NBA season resumes, a team source told Jackie MacMullan of ESPN.com. "He's feeling strong," a member of Simmons' camp relayed to MacMullan. "The original restrictions were very limiting, but all of them have been removed. He would probably need another scan, so the doctors could officially clear him, but there's been no setbacks. He's dying to get out there."
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Before the NBA suspended its season March 12, Simmons had missed the 76ers' last eight games with a lower-back nerve impingement. The 76ers hadn't been planning to even re-evaluate Simmons until early April, so the point guard was seemingly at risk of missing the start of the playoffs, had they begun last week as originally scheduled. The ongoing league-wide shutdown has had the benefit of providing Simmons with ample recovery time from the injury without missing any additional games, and the 23-year-old now looks like he'll be ready to reclaim his normal role whenever the NBA gives teams the green light to resume training. Simmons' impending return is likely most damaging to the fantasy value of Shake Milton, who had started each of the Sixers' past eight games in place of the All-Star and averaged 17.9 points (on 57.6 percent shooting from the field), 4.4 assists, 3.0 three-pointers, 2.8 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 31.0 minutes.
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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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Transaction History
  • June 23, 2016
    Drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 1st round (1st pick) of the 2016 NBA Draft.
  • July 2, 2016
    Signed a multi-year rookie contract with the Philadelphia 76ers.
  • July 16, 2019
    Signed a five-year contract extension with the Philadelphia 76ers.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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To be re-evaluated in three weeks
GPhiladelphia 76ers
Back
March 11, 2020
Simmons (back) will be re-evaluated in three weeks as he rehabs a lower-back nerve impingement, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
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To be re-evaluated in two weeks
GPhiladelphia 76ers
Back
February 25, 2020
Simmons (back) suffered nerve impingement in his lower back and will be re-evaluated in two weeks, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
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Set for multi-game absence
GPhiladelphia 76ers
Back
February 24, 2020
Simmons (back) is still undergoing evaluations, but ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the All-Star is likely to miss multiple games.
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Won't play Monday
GPhiladelphia 76ers
Back
February 23, 2020
Simmons (back) will undergo additional testing Monday and won't be available for the game against Atlanta, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
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Heading for MRI
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Back
February 22, 2020
Simmons is set to undergo an MRI on his lower back Sunday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
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