Ben Simmons
Ben Simmons
22-Year-Old GuardG
Philadelphia 76ers
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $12.07 million contract with the 76ers in July of 2016. 76ers exercised $6.43 million team option for 2018-19 in October of 2017.
'I'm not going to come in and hit threes'
GPhiladelphia 76ers
September 21, 2018
At Friday's media day, Simmons indicated that he doesn't expect to be a three-point threat this season, Kyle Neubeck of The Philly Voice reports.
ANALYSIS
While Simmons acknowledged that he's tweaked some "little things" with his inconsistent jumper over the summer, he was rather candid in saying that he won't be much of a threat from beyond the arc. "I'm not going to come in and hit threes this season," Simmons said. "That's not what I'm going to do." The No. 1 overall pick in 2016 took only 11 threes all of last season, failing to connect on a single attempt. Nonetheless, he had one of the best debut campaigns in recent history, averaging 15.8 points, 8.2 assists, 6.3 rebounds and 2.6 combined steals/blocks across 81 games. Entering the offseason, the hope was that Simmons would prioritize extending his range, but for the time being, it appears as though he'll double-down on what he already does well. Even without a reliable jumper, Simmons' counting stats make him a valuable fantasy commodity, but the complete lack of three-pointers are a glaring weakness, and the 22-year-old also struggled at the line (56.0% FT) as a rookie.
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Depth Chart Status
#1 Point Guard
#6 Small Forward, #7 Power Forward
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
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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Solid outing in final fling
GPhiladelphia 76ers
May 10, 2018
Simmons totaled 18 points (8-15 FG, 2-2 FT), eight rebounds, six assists and one block in 33 minutes during Wednesday's 114-112 loss to Boston.
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Thrives in Game 4 win
GPhiladelphia 76ers
May 7, 2018
Simmons accounted for 19 points (6-15 FG, 7-8 FT), 13 rebounds, five assists and two steals across 33 minutes during Philadelphia's 103-92 win over the Celtics in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference semifinal-round playoff series.
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Commits key turnover in Game 3 loss
GPhiladelphia 76ers
May 5, 2018
Simmons offered 16 points (8-14 FG), eight rebounds, eight assists, two blocks and one steal across 43 minutes during Philadelphia's 101-98 overtime loss to the Celtics in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference semifinal-round playoff series.
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Solid performance to open series
GPhiladelphia 76ers
May 1, 2018
Simmons posted 18 points (6-11 FG, 6-11 FT), seven rebounds, six assists, two steals and one block across 42 minutes during Philadelphia's 117-101 loss to the Celtics in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal-round playoff series.
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Records double-double in Game Five
GPhiladelphia 76ers
April 24, 2018
Simmons totaled 14 points (4-10 FG, 6-7 FT), 10 rebounds, six assists, two steals and one block in 35 minutes during Tuesday's 104-91 victory over the Heat.
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