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Ben Simmons | Guard/Forward | #25

Team: Philadelphia 76ers
Age / DOB:  (21) / 7/20/1996
Ht / Wt:  6'10' / 230
College: LSU
Drafted: 2016 / Rd. 1 (1) / PHI
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The three finalists for Rookie of the Year are Ben Simmons, Donovan Mitchell and Jayson Tatum.
There was no real drama in this 'finalist' pool, as those three rose above the ranks of guys like Lonzo Ball, Lauri Markkanen, John Collins and Kyle Kuzma. Tatum is a longshot here, despite his terrific play in the postseason, and it's widely considered a two-man race between Simmons and Mitchell. May 16 - 8:26 PM

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Coach Brett Brown said Ben Simmons’ jumper will undergo "intense refinement" this offseason.

He needs it and Kobe Bryant would agree. In the postseason, Ben made a grand total of two shots outside of the paint at just 23.5 percent on his jumpers. Simmons also wasn't very good in the mid-range during the year, making 27.8 percent of those in the regular season. He won't be adding a 3-pointer next season, but he really needs to figure out how to extend his range to 15 feet. Regardless, he looks like a second-round player to draft in fantasy next year.
May 11 - 4:49 PM

Ben Simmons said he is not planning on making any major adjustments to his shot this offseason.

"Minor things. But changing the whole shot, no," said Simmons when asked about tinkering with his form this summer. His inability to knock down jumpers, or even attempt shots outside of ten feet was a significant limitation in his game as a rookie. Last season, Simmons became the first guard in 30 years to log more than 2,500 minutes and not make a single 3-pointer. He also shot just 56.0 percent from the free-throw line. Some pundits have suggested he start shooting with his right hand, but Simmons is apparently not planning on making such a drastic change.
May 11 - 9:18 AM

The Sixers' season ended on Wednesday despite Ben Simmons contributing 18 points, eight rebounds, six assists and one block in 34 minutes.

Simmons had three dunks and a layup in Game 4, making all of his field goals in the restricted area, and he followed a similar script tonight -- he shot 8-of-15 from the field with all of his makes in the paint. Necessity may have forced coach Brett Brown to start T.J. McConnell for Games 4 and 5 in this series, but we're expecting Simmons to resume his full-time PG role again next season. After all, the Rookie of the Year candidate notched historic averages with 15.8 points, 8.2 assists, 8.1 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 0.9 blocks while helping Philly earn the No. 3 seed this year. Not too shabby.
May 9 - 11:41 PM

Ben Simmons had 19 points, 13 boards and five assists along with two steals in 33 minutes in Philly's Game 4 win over Boston on Monday.

Simmons recorded his first double-double of the series and went 7-of-8 from the stripe to force a Game 5 in the Garden on Wednesday. He'll have to outperform his last game in Boston where he only scored one point if the Sixers want to keep their season alive.
May 7 - 9:42 PM

Ben Simmons scored 16 points with eight rebounds, eight assists, one steal, two blocks and four turnovers in 43 minutes during a Game 3 overtime loss to Boston on Saturday.

Coach Brad Stevens has his number right now. Simmons hasn't been able to take advantage of mismatches and the defense collapsing on him late has limited him. Simmons also had a wide-open missed dunk in the fourth quarter, which may have proved costly. He will be Rookie of the Year for the regular season, but he hasn't played like it in the last two games. Contrary to what the Jazz fans may say, Simmons is a rookie after all.
May 5 - 8:03 PM

Ben Simmons struggled in just 31 minutes against the Celtics on Thursday, missing all four attempts from the field for one point with five rebounds, seven assists, one block and five turnovers.

Coach Brad Stevens has put together an effective plan to keep Simmons at bay. The Celtics continue to sag off him in a big way and they've been able to keep a body right on him at the rim. Simmons also missed several shots in the paint and was clearly passive with the low attempts from the field. Coach Brett Brown has some work to do.
May 3 - 11:10 PM

Ben Simmons hit 4-of-10 shots and 6-of-7 free throws for 14 points, 10 rebounds, six assists, two steals and a block in 35 minutes of Tuesday's Game 5 win over the Heat.

Simmons was not incredible or spectacular tonight, but he was rock solid and helped lead the Sixers to the semifinals in the East for the first time since 2012. The Sixers will get the winner of the Bucks-Celtics series next and Simmons finished with averages of 18.2 points, 10.6 rebounds, 9.0 assists and 2.4 steals against the Heat in their five-game series. Despite being so young, the Sixers are now only behind the Raptors according to Vegas odds on winning the East, and just in front of the Cavaliers.
Apr 24 - 11:05 PM

Ben Simmons was the star of the show during a 106-102 Game 4 win in Miami on Saturday, scoring 17 points with 13 rebounds, 10 assists, four steals and seven turnovers in 39 minutes.

He played the entire second half because coach Brett Brown seems to have lost faith in T.J. McConnell and Markelle Fultz, but Simmons didn't look tired one bit while out there -- a lot of fouls could've helped his wind. Simmons is just the fifth rookie to post a playoff triple-double and the first since 1980 (Magic Johnson). Simmons' domination late in games is a big reason why the 76ers have a ridiculous +40.0 net rating in the fourth quarter in this series thanks to a 130.6 offensive rating. Some people may say The Process took too long, but you won't hear a single 76er fan complaining these days. TTP.
Apr 21 - 5:42 PM

Ben Simmons did his thing with 19 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists and four steals in 40 minutes against the Heat during a 128-108 win on Thursday.

He terrorized the Heat with cuts and drives to the basket, and the Heat really don't have anyone who can guard him. Simmons was also 7-of-8 from the line to up his postseason free throw shooting to 75.0 percent -- up from 56.0 in the regular season. He and Joel Embiid were incredible together today with 24 minutes together, posting a 135.0 offensive rating to get them to a +33.7 net rating. This team is going to be really good for a long time.
Apr 19 - 10:16 PM

Ben Simmons hit 10-of-17 shots for 24 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and two blocks in 39 minutes of Monday's 110-100 loss to the Heat, evening their series at 1-1.

This was the first Sixers loss since March 13, snapping a streak of 17 straight wins. The Heat stepped up their defensive game tonight and while the Sixers were able to overcome being outscored 34-13 in the second quarter and make it a game, Dwyane Wade's heroics were just too much for the Sixers to handle. Simmons was great, as usual, but the Sixers will now get ready to try to bounce back in Game 3 on Thursday in Miami.
Apr 16 - 10:54 PM

Ben Simmons was outstanding during a 130-103 win over the Heat during a Game 1 win on Saturday, scoring 17 points with nine rebounds, 14 assists and two steals in 34 minutes.

That's quite a stat line and hitting 17/9/14 in a playoff game had never been done before for a rookie (basketballreference.com). The whole "the 76ers don't have playoff experience" narrative may have taken a hit here, and it's not like Ben Simmons is a rookie anyway, right Donovan Mitchell? Simmons was a little sloppy in the first half with five turnovers to tie his most turnovers in a half for his career, but he locked down in the third to help the 76ers win the third quarter 34-18. The Heat had no answer for him with Josh Richardson and James Johnson having a tough time. The 76ers have now won 17 games in a row and they could get Joel Embiid back for Game 2. Sam Hinkie is smiling somewhere right now.
Apr 14 - 11:07 PM

Ben Simmons played just 22 minutes during Wednesday's blowout victory, scoring four points (1-of-6 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs) with seven assists, six rebounds and two blocks.

"Especially because it’s the last regular-season game," Simmons said. "For me, I want to come out and make a statement that we are ready. Obviously we’re without [Joel Embiid] again, but we still have a great team." Philly made that message emphatically clear by destroying Milwaukee tonight, 130-95, and they are on a 16-game win streak heading into the postseason. Not bad.
Apr 11 - 11:49 PM

Ben Simmons, who was questionable with an illness, hit 5-of-9 shots and 4-of-8 free throws for 14 points, 10 rebounds, six assists, two steals and a block, but also had six turnovers in 29 minutes of Tuesday's win over the Hawks.

You'll hear some chatter about Donovan Mitchell possibly winning the Rookie of the Year Award, but given that the Sixers have won 15 straight games, are sitting as the No. 3 seed, and how Simmons, outside of tonight (probably because he was sick), has been pretty dominant in the absence of Joel Embiid, it's hard to imagine him not winning it. The Sixers have one more game left and Simmons should be out there again on Wednesday night against the Bucks. The Sixers have become must-see TV and Simmons is a big reason why.
Apr 10 - 10:14 PM

Ben Simmons (illness) said he will play Tuesday vs. the Hawks.

Simmons was unable to participate in shootaround Tuesday morning, as he was back at the team hotel getting fluids, and was initially listed as questionable. The Sixers have won 14 straight games, with Simmons averaging a triple-double during the streak. Philly will look to make it 15 wins in a row, and Big Ben will look to strengthen his case for Rookie of the Year on Tuesday night.
Apr 10 - 5:34 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Ben Simmons
2Markelle Fultz
3T.J. McConnell
4Jerryd Bayless
5Demetrius Jackson
SG1J.J. Redick
2Marco Belinelli
3Timothe Luwawu
SF1Robert Covington
2Justin Anderson
3Furkan Korkmaz
PF1Dario Saric
2Ersan Ilyasova
C1Joel Embiid
2Richaun Holmes
3Amir Johnson