Anfernee Simons

Anfernee Simons

22-Year-Old GuardG
Portland Trail Blazers
Out
Injury Ankle
Est. Return 12/6/2021
2021 Fantasy Outlook
In his third season, the Simons had nearly identical production as his sophomore season. Ironically, the Slam Dunk Champion's three-point shooting was the one thing that improved drastically, as he made 1.9 threes per game and shot 42.6 percent compared to 1.1 threes and a 33.2 percent clip in 2019-20. Simons figures to play a similar role this season as one of the first guards coming off the bench behind starters Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum. As he only dished out 1.4 assists per game in his last two seasons, his fantasy relevance is limited unless he can drastically improve his playmaking skills. 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/PreCareer Summary

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. 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.

Won't play Saturday
GPortland Trail Blazers
Ankle
December 3, 2021
Simons (ankle) is out for Saturday's game against the Celtics, Casey Holdahl of the Trail Blazers' official site reports.
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Simons sustained a right ankle sprain in Thursday's loss to the Spurs and will miss at least one game as a result. Damian Lillard (abdomen) will also be unavailable, so Dennis Smith and CJ McCollum should see plenty of work in the backcourt.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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.
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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Sprains ankle Thursday
GPortland Trail Blazers
Ankle
December 2, 2021
Simons won't return to Thursday's game against the Spurs due to a right ankle sprain. He produced zero points (0-3 FG, 0-2 3Pt) and one assist in 11 minutes before exiting in the second quarter.
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Scores 12 in spot start
GPortland Trail Blazers
December 1, 2021
Simons recorded 12 points (5-14 FG, 2-6 3Pt), six rebounds, five assists and one block in 36 minutes during Tuesday's 110-92 victory over the Pistons.
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Starting with Lillard out
GPortland Trail Blazers
November 30, 2021
Simons will start Tuesday's game against the Pistons, Jay Allen of NBC Sports Northwest Rip City Radio 620 reports.
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Posts season-best 24 points
GPortland Trail Blazers
November 29, 2021
Simons produced 24 points (10-15 FG, 4-7 3Pt), one rebound, two assists and one block over 29 minutes during Monday's 129-107 loss to Utah.
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Cleared Friday
GPortland Trail Blazers
November 26, 2021
Simons (illness) will be available for Friday's contest against the Warriors, Jamie Hudson of KOIN 6 News Portland reports.
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