Ben Simmons

Position
Height
Birthdate
Jnr. Association
Born
Forward
208cm
20 Jul 96
Knox (VIC)
Melbourne (VIC)

Player profile

Simmons, the number one overall pick in the 2016 draft was the third Melbourne-born number one overall pick in 11 years (Andrew Bogut in 2005 and Kyrie Irving in 2011).

He is also the only player in the modern era to be the number one overall draft pick despite never playing in the NCAA Tournament.

 

The son of former NBL star and Melbourne Tigers great Dave Simmons is well on his way to becoming one of the greatest Australian basketball players of all time.

Simmons, who was born in the Melbourne, spent most of his early childhood in Newcastle (NSW). Shortly after Ben was born, David Simmons was signed by the Newcastle Falcons as a player and once he retired he continued to coach in the area until Ben was 10 years old.

At that time the Simmons family returned to Melbourne and by age 15 Ben was noticed by the Australia Institue of Sport after playing in the 2011 Australian Schools Championships with Box Hill Secondary School.

This same year Ben was chosen to represent Australia at the FIBA Under-17 World Championship despite being only 15 at the time. The team went on to win the silver medal, Simmons’ 26-point, 10-rebound, 5-steal effort against the Czech Republic no doubt started to interest NBA scouts.

In 2012 the talented left hander teamed with Dante Exum to win silver at the 2012 FIBA Under 17 World Championships with Australia. Shortly after he became the youngest player ever to play for the Australian Boomers and committed to play with Louisiana State University shortly after.

In January 2013, Simmons took up an opportunity to play High School basketball in Florida, USA. He played three seasons for Montverde Academy, the school won the High School National Tournament (held at Madison Square Garden) each year he played there.

In his second season, the team went undefeated with a record of 28–0 record, Simmons had 24 points and 12 rebounds in the High School National Tournament Final and capture the MVP award. Simmons become a back-to-back MVP at the tournament when he won his third High School National Title the following season. That year he 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.

In 2015 Simmons played in the McDonald’s All-American Game.

 

COLLEGE 

Ben Simmons played only one season at LSU and was critical of the entire college basketball experience, as seen in the documentary “One & Done”. Simmons led the team in all major statistical categories except three-point and free throw shooting, finishing with averages of 19.2 points, 11.8 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 2.0 steals and 0.8 blocks in 34.9 minutes per game.

Numerous NBA scouts were critical of his shooting ability despite after he finished the year shooting 56.0% from the field, 33.3% from three-point range and 67.0% from the free throw line.

On 21 March 2016, Simmons declared for the 2016 NBA draft, forgoing his final three years of college eligibility.

 

NBA

Simmons, despite concerns about his attitude and shooting ability, was drafted as the number one overall pick by the Philadelphia 76ers in 2016.

Simmons played well in the 2016 NBA Summer League, 10.8 points, 7.7 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game, but broke his right foot during a 76ers’ training session shortly after. The injury would cause him to miss the entire 2016-17 season.

 

AUSTRALIAN BOOMERS

In 2012 he became the youngest player to ever be a part of the Australian Boomers camp. He would make his first appearance for the Boomers at the 2013 FIBA Oceania Championships. Australia defeated New Zealand and qualified for the 2014 FIBA Championships, however, Simmons played limited minutes and scored only four total points over the two-game series.

current salary and contract

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 contract with the Philadelphia 76ers

In 2016, Ben Simmons signed a four-year deal worth $26,500,000 to play with the Philadelphia 76ers. The final two years include a conditional team option. 

Year
Team
Age
Salary
2016-17
 
20
$5,903,160
2017-18
21
$6,168,840
2018-19
22
$6,434,520
2019-20
23
$8,113,930
2020
Ben Simmons will become uncontracted in 2018

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Player Highlights

  • 2016 Summer League highlights

  • 2016 LSU Highlights

  • Ben Simmons Australian Boomers Debut