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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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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

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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

Ben Simmons' foot has reportedly fully healed and he's been cleared for 5-on-5 work.

The 6-foot-10, 250-pounder is expected to play point guard for the 76ers next season, but unfortunately, he's not expected to suit up for Summer League, so it looks like we won't see him on the court until next year's preseason.
Apr 12 - 9:38 AM

Coach Brett Brown said that he thinks it "would be good" for Ben Simmons to play in the summer league.

Here is the full quote from Brown when asked about Simmons and the summer league: "I think it would be good if he did. But I wouldn't say it is a prerequisite. Still, his health and the judgment of his health rules the day. I don't know what that looks like when we are talking about the summer league." The Sixers are hoping to use Simmons at PG next season, so added experience would be beneficial.
Apr 11 - 9:25 AM

Ben Simmons (foot) did some on-court work before Saturday's game in Los Angeles.

He wasn't doing too much out there, but he did have his normal workout clothes out there. Simmons is not going to play this season and the team isn't sure if he'l suit up for Summer League. Considering the 76ers really want to put him into a unique role as a 6'10" point guard, the extra reps have to help.
Source: CSN Philly
Mar 11 - 4:17 PM

According to coach Brett Brown, the Sixers are unsure if Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid will play in the Summer League.

"I think it's too early to make that judgment," Brown said. "I think that's certainly stuff that we're talking about. But in relation to giving a definite answer, we're not even close to being there yet." Brown has said that he wants to groom Ben Simmons as a point guard once he begins ramping up his workouts. Here's to hoping that both players are healthy enough to suit up and we get a chance to see them run the floor a bit together in July.
Mar 7 - 10:03 AM

Coach Brett Brown said he thinks he wants to groom Ben Simmons (foot) as a point guard as soon as he's available.

In other words, we have a pretty good idea what Simmons' offseason program is going to look like. He's not going to play this season. There's a chance he can play in Summer League, which is when most NBA-only fans found out just how special Simmons is as a passer. Expect plenty of quotes and blurbs on Simmons this summer.
Mar 4 - 4:47 PM

Ben Simmons had a "minor foot procedure" to stimulate bone growth and accelerate healing.

He had bone marrow injected in his effective fracture area, but the 76ers said he will resume training by the end of the week. Simmons has already been ruled out for the season, but he will continue to have scans on his foot every month. For now, he's expected to be ready for the summer league.
Feb 27 - 11:51 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Markelle Fultz
2T.J. McConnell
3Jerryd Bayless
4Melo Trimble
5Larry Drew II
SG1J.J. Redick
2Timothe Luwawu
3Nik Stauskas
4Furkan Korkmaz
5James Blackmon Jr.
SF1Robert Covington
2Justin Anderson
PF1Ben Simmons
2Dario Saric
3Amir Johnson
C1Joel Embiid
2Richaun Holmes
3Jahlil Okafor
4Mathias Lessort
5Anzejs Pasecniks
6Tiago Splitter