Anfernee Simons
Anfernee Simons
21-Year-Old GuardG
Portland Trail Blazers
2020 Fantasy Outlook
The young guard saw returned for his second season with Portland and experienced substantial jumps in playing time and production in 2019-20. Simons averaged 8.3 points, 2.2 boards, 1.4 assists and 1.1 triples across 20.7 minutes - all career highs. Simons started four games and provided quality numbers across 35.0 minutes in those instances. This season, Simons is set up nicely to see similar playing time as the primary backup at point guard behind Damian Lillard. Portland's lack of depth at the position favors Simons, who figures to be a key part of the Blazers' second unit in 2020-21. He's unlikely to be a strong contributor across multiple categories, but if you're looking for scoring, Simons will probably carve out a role as an offensive spark off the bench, and he can be drafted in deeper fantasy leagues. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $3.99 million contract with the Trail Blazers in July of 2018. Trail Blazers exercised $2.25 million team option for 2020-21 in September of 2019. Trail Blazers exercised $3.94 million team option for 2021-22 in December of 2020.
Personal Bio

Anfernee Tyrik Simons, son of Charles and Tameka, was born in 1999 in Longwood, Florida. Named after NBA superstar Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway, Simons graduated from Edgewater High School in 2017 after transferring from Montverde Academy, where he starred as a junior. From Edgewater, he attended IMG Academy and represented the US on the Men's National Under-19 team. After originally committing to play college ball at Louisville, Simons reopened his recruiting period after a coaching change and later declared for the Draft immediately after his post-graduate year at IMG. In doing so, he became the first American drafted out of high school since the league began implementing age restriction policies in 2005. You can follow Simons on Twitter @AnferneeSimons and on Instagram @antsimons. He also runs and maintains a website, theaferneesimons.com, which provides updates on his charity partnerships and sells custom merchandise.

College/International Summary

Prior to becoming Portland's first-round draft choice in 2018, Anfernee Simons was selected as the 2017 Florida Class 7A Player of the Year at Edgewater High School in Orlando after appearing in 20 games and posting averages of 23.8 points, 7.2 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.8 steals, and 0.5 blocks during his senior season. He then reclassified to the Class of 2018, delaying his college decision for another year. Simons spent a postgraduate year at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida after collecting his high school diploma. Ultimately, he bypassed scholarship offers from top programs across the nation and instead chose to enter the Draft.

Ties NBA record in win
GPortland Trail Blazers
April 27, 2021
Simons delivered 27 points (9-13 FG, 9-10 3Pt), four rebounds, four assists and two steals across 24 minutes off the bench in Tuesday's win over the Pacers.
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Simons was a key cog in Tuesday's victory, as he set a franchise mark and tied an NBA record by making his first nine three-point attempts. The 27 points also represent a season-high mark for the 2018 first-round pick, who has surpassed the 20-point plateau just twice this season.
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2019

Simons stepped into a larger role in his second NBA season, appearing in 70 games and averaging 20.7 minutes per contest -- up from just 7.1 a year earlier. Simons posted career-highs in points (8.3), rebounds (2.2) and assists (1.4) per game, in addition to hitting a career-best 82.6 percent of his free throws. The 2018 first-round pick reached the 20-point plateau on two occasions, including in the final game before the All-Star break, when he went for 22 points and seven rebounds against the Grizzlies. Simons also had 20 points in 24 minutes in a win over Atlanta on Nov. 10. In a Dec. 26 game against Utah, Simons posted a 15-point, 10-rebound double-double in 28 minutes off the bench. Simons appeared in five of the Blazers' seeding games in the Orlando bubble, as well as four of the team's five playoff matchups against the Lakers in Round 1. In Game 5 of the series, Simons set a career-playoff-high with 13 points, to go with five boards, two assists and four steals. In Game 4, he posted six assists and five rebounds.

2018

After being selected by the Trail Blazers with the 24th overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, Simons appeared in 20 NBA games and four G-League contests as a rookie. At the NBA level, Simons averaged 3.8 points per game and shot 44.4 percent from the field, including 34.5 percent from three. In the G-League, the 19-year-old scored 17.8 points in just 22.8 minutes per contest. Simons played sparingly for the Trail Blazers, but he logged a full 48 minutes in the final game of the regular season on April 10 against Sacramento. In that game, Simons went for a career-high 37 points on 13-of-21 shooting. He hit seven of 11 three-point attempts and added nine assists, six rebounds and one steal.

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Transaction History
  • June 21, 2018
    Drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 1st round (24th pick) of the 2018 NBA Draft.
  • July 2, 2018
    Signed a multi-year rookie contract with the Portland Trail Blazers
  • September 24, 2019
    Trail Blazers exercised $2.25 million team option for 2020-21.
  • December 27, 2020
    Trail Blazers exercised $3.94 million team option for 2021-22.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Simons' rookie season in 2018-19 season was pretty uneventful, as he was buried on the bench behind star guards Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum in addition to Evan Turner, who commonly operated as the team's backup point guard. He did, however, get extended minutes in the final game of the regular season when Portland rested most of its key players and gave Simons a starting nod. In that game, Simons put on an incredible performance, recording 37 points, six rebounds and nine assists in 48 minutes. He shot 7-of-11 from behind the arc and 13-of-21 from the field overall in that time. Now, with Turner being dealt to Atlanta this offseason and Simons having a year of NBA experience under his belt, the Trail Blazers appear to believe Simons is ready for a consistent role in the team's rotation. That role will likely still be fairly limited, as star point guard Damian Lillard rarely misses games and has consistently played over 35 minutes per game over the course of his career. But with Portland seemingly all-in on Simons as their primary backup to Lillard, the second-year player could carry some value in deeper leagues.
Simons was nabbed by the Trail Blazers with the 24th overall pick this past June, with the 19-year-old making the leap directly from Florida’s IMG Academy to the pro game. Simons looked impressive in Las Vegas Summer League play, averaging 11.0 points (on 43.0 percent shooting), 3.2 rebounds and 1.0 steal across 20.0 minutes over six games. Simons projects as capable of playing both guard spots at the NBA level and boasts a 6-foot-9 wingspan, but there doesn't appear to be much opportunity for him in the Trail Blazers’ backcourt this coming season. Consequently, a year of seasoning at the G-League level likely awaits, although a combination of accelerated development and injuries at the NBA level could potentially see him make his NBA regular-season debut at some point in the coming season.
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Season-high three steals in loss
GPortland Trail Blazers
April 21, 2021
Simons managed 13 points (4-8 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 2-3 FT), three steals, one assist and one rebound in 19 minutes during Tuesday's 113-112 loss to the Clippers.
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Scores 16 off bench
GPortland Trail Blazers
April 17, 2021
Simons notched 16 points (5-10 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 2-2 FT), two rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block across 30 minutes off the bench in Friday's win over the Spurs.
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Provides spark off bench
GPortland Trail Blazers
March 27, 2021
Simons scored 15 points (5-7 FG, 5-7 3Pt) and added three rebounds and three assists across 25 minutes Friday in the Trail Blazers' 112-105 win over the Magic.
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Cleared to play Thursday
GPortland Trail Blazers
March 25, 2021
Simons (COVID-19 protocols) has been cleared to play in Thursday's game against the Heat, Jamie Hudson of NBC Sports Northwest reports.
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Now questionable Thursday
GPortland Trail Blazers
Covid-19
March 24, 2021
Simons (COVID-19 protocols) is listed as questionable for Thursday's game against Miami, Aaron Fentress of The Oregonian reports.
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