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Ben Simmons | Forward | #25

Team: Philadelphia 76ers
Age / DOB:  (21) / 7/20/1996
Ht / Wt:  6'10' / 240
College: LSU
Drafted: 2016 / Rd. 1 (1) / PHI
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Bryan Colangelo said he doesn't anticipate Ben Simmons (foot) having any restrictions during his rookie season.
Colangelo added that Simmons has been playing 5-on-5 for a while now and that he's been "dominating the gym," so it looks like there's a decent chance Simmons will be fully unleashed his rookie year without any minutes limits or restrictions on back-to-back sets. Head coach Brett Brown again stated that he's "locked in" to playing Simmons at point guard on offense "when it's static," so it's clear that he's going to be a huge part of the offense in Philly this season. Sep 20 - 1:49 PM

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Ben Simmons (foot) says that he's been playing in pickup games and that he is "feeling great."

We've heard nothing but positive reports all summer from Simmons. Hopefully, he can avoid any setbacks when Sixers open camp later this month and into the regular season. If he can stay healthy, Simmons' remarkably versatile skill set promises fantasy-friendly production. It is currently unknown if Philadelphia plans to place any restrictions on him during his rookie season.
Sep 8 - 9:44 AM

Ben Simmons (foot) might not have any restrictions during his rookie season, according to 76ers beat reporter Tom Moore.

Moore tweeted that he doesn't anticipate Simmons being forced to sit out back-to-back sets or having to deal with a minutes limit during his rookie season, but acknowledged that he "can't say for sure." We'll likely get an official policy roll out for Simmons when we get closer to training camp in September, but it's worth noting that Simmons himself has also stated he doesn't anticipate dealing with any restrictions during his rookie season.
Aug 28 - 5:48 PM

Ben Simmons said his goal is to be "the best in the league."

"I'm not worried about other rookies," said Simmons, "I'm worried about the guys at the top, and that's where I want to be." Simmons added that physically, he's feeling "really good" after sitting out his entire rookie season with a Jones fracture in his right foot, and he also feels that 76ers have a shot at making the playoffs this upcoming season. He will, however, very likely be sitting out back-to-back sets in addition to having a minutes limit, so he's shaping up to be a risky mid-round investment on draft day.
Source: ESPN
Aug 28 - 3:26 PM

Ben Simmons (foot) raised some eyebrows when he said he wouldn't have restrictions as a rookie.

That's nice, but the problem with this is that it's not up to Simmons how much he will play and when. Coach Brett Brown said back in June that it would be "very ambitious" for Simmons to not have restrictions, and if we had to guess, the 76ers will treat Simmons the same way they did to Joel Embiid as rookie -- expect him to have a minutes limit around 28 and don't expect him to play in at least 12 games (the 76ers have 12 back-to-back sets). He's shaping up to be a very risky mid-round pick.
Aug 28 - 9:51 AM

Ben Simmons (foot) has been "cleared to resume full basketball activity for some time," according to 76ers' beat reporter Tom Moore.

Simmons sat out the entire 2016-17 season due to a Jones fracture in his right foot, but all reports up to this point have indicated that he'll be going into training camp 100 percent healthy. However, head coach Brett Brown has already hinted that Simmons will likely have a minutes restriction next year, so expect him to be eased into things next season, similarly to how the team handled Joel Embiid last year.
Aug 22 - 6:28 PM

Ben Simmons said that he believes he is "a starting point guard."

The Sixers began grooming Simmons, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 draft, as a point guard last year. However, the Sixers then traded up to draft Markelle Fultz in June and signed J.J. Redick to a $23-million contract this month. It will be difficult to find enough minutes for all three players in the same backcourt. Ideally, Simmons would be content playing more of a hybrid 'point forward' role in the offense. This is a situation to keep an eye on in the preseason.
Jul 11 - 1:05 PM

Ben Simmons (right foot surgery) said during ESPN's telecast on Sunday that he's resumed playing 5-on-5.

He also noted that coach Brett Brown "wants to start [Simmons] at the point," but that he and rookie Markelle Fultz should each find their role depending on the situation. Simmons is expected to be ready for opening night but Brown recently said it would be "very ambitious" to play him without a minute-limit, which dents his fantasy appeal.
Jul 9 - 11:02 PM

76ers coach Brett Brown said it would be "very ambitious" for Ben Simmons to not have minute restrictions next season.

While he's on track for a full recovery, Simmons will likely be monitored similar to the way Joel Embiid was during his rookie season. That means he will likely sit out one game of back-to-back sets as well. There's a lot to like about Simmons with his pass-first style, but the restrictions are going to be annoying for fantasy owners. 76ers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo said he thinks Simmons and Markelle Fultz will form a "dynamic backcourt," all but confirming that both players will be running the offense.
Jun 23 - 1:06 PM

76ers GM Bryan Colangelo confirmed that Ben Simmons (foot) won't play in the Summer League.

Simmons has been working out for over six weeks and was deemed "fully healed" back on April 12, but the 76ers aren't going to take any chances this summer. For now, expect him to be a full go for training camp. Colangelo said that Simmons will defend the opposing team's PG "in some cases," so it still sounds like he will open the 2017-18 season as the floor general for Philly.
Jun 5 - 10:38 AM

76ers GM Bryan Colangelo said Ben Simmons (foot) is "doing very well."

Simmons has progressed to 3-on-3 drills and has been working out for over a month. A report back on April 12 indicated that Simmons is "fully healed," but the 76ers are still erring on the side of caution and are ramping up his workload very slowly. He's not expected to play in the Summer League, but it sounds like he's on track to be ready for training camp.
May 17 - 12:55 PM

Sixers coach Brett Brown said that he believes Ben Simmons will not play in any summer league games.

Brown did say that Simmons continues to make progress, but it appears that the Sixers will err on the side of caution and keep Simmons out of game action. With the inordinate number of injuries Philadelphia has had to deal with, it is an understandable approach.
May 13 - 10:00 AM

Ben Simmons (foot) posted a video of himself dunking during a workout at the Sixers training complex on Thursday.

Simmons received clearance from the Philadelphia medical staff to start working out last month. He has now ramped up the activity to include live ball drills. In the video linked to below, Simmons spins by a defender and dunks over a separate workout partner. It will be interesting to see if Simmons plays in the Summer League in July. As of now, it appears the Sixers are leaning towards keeping him on the sidelines.
May 12 - 11:07 AM

General manager Bryan Colangelo said Ben Simmons playing point guard is "not dissimilar to what Magic [Johnson] brought to the PG spot."

It's definitely on for Simmons to play the point. The 76ers have also talked about how they think Simmons can guard ones while calling him a matchup nightmare as an offensive point guard. While he may not be 7'0", Simmons is going to be a Giannis Antetokounmpo-like contributor with the ball this season. Simmons will be one of the great mysteries in fantasy drafts next year, but his unique style makes him an interesting target.
Apr 14 - 7:45 PM

Ben Simmons (foot) said playing point guard is "definitely tough" and he wants to learn it.

After getting the all clear this week, Simmons is expected to start workouts on Tuesday. Coach Brett Brown continues to talk up Simmons as a ball-handler and the emergence of Dario Saric adds depth to their frontcourt, so it's not crazy to think Simmons starts at that position. He will be one of the most interesting stories of the offseason and should be 100 percent ready for training camp.
Apr 13 - 3:26 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Markelle Fultz
2T.J. McConnell
3Jerryd Bayless
SG1J.J. Redick
2Timothe Luwawu
3Nik Stauskas
SF1Robert Covington
2Justin Anderson
3Furkan Korkmaz
PF1Ben Simmons
2Dario Saric
3Amir Johnson
4James Michael McAdoo
C1Joel Embiid
2Richaun Holmes
3Jahlil Okafor