Benjamin David Simmons is an Australian professional basketball player who currently plays as a forward for the ‘Philadelphia 76ers’ of ‘National Basketball Association (NBA).’ He is also on the ‘Australian National Basketball Team.’ He was born and raised in Australia and now holds dual citizenship of Australia and the US. While growing up in New South Wales, Australia, he played in under-12 team at the age of 7. He also participated in Australian rule football and rugby. During high school, he won some prestigious awards for basketball. He played for Australia in ‘2013 FIBA Oceania Championship’ and helped win gold medal. He was invited to some of the prominent basketball camps in the USA that present best high school players in the world. After playing college basketball at ‘Louisiana State University’ for one year, he was selected first overall in the ‘2016 NBA Draft’ by ‘Philadelphia 76ers.’ Due to a foot injury during training camp, he could not play for his first NBA season, but by the end of his debut season, Simmons won ‘NBA Rookie of the Year.’
Basketball Career in NBA
Amid questions from critics about his work ethic and character, the Philadelphia 76ers made Simmons the first pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. However, toward the end of training camp, Simmons broke a bone in his foot. He had hoped to only miss the first few months of the season, but when it was determined in February that the injury had yet to fully heal, Simmons was ruled out for the entire season.
While critics soured on Simmons after the injury forced him to sit out a full season, he hit the ground running during the 2017-18 season. He started 81 games for the 76ers, averaging 15.8 points, 8.2 assists, and 8.1 rebounds. Simmons led the 76ers to their best record since 2001 and became the fifth rookie to ever record a triple-double in the playoffs. He ultimately won Rookie of the Year Honors and was an All-Rookie First Team selection.
Simmons was just as good during the 2018-19 season. He averaged 16.9 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 7.7 assists per game, making the All-Star Team for the first time and once again leading Philadelphia to the Eastern Conference Semifinals. After the season, he signed a five-year, $170 million extension with the 76ers. Simmons made the All-Star Team again in 2020.
At the time the 2019-20 season was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic, Simmons was averaging 16.7 points, 8.2 assists, and 7.8 rebounds per game.
NBA Awards and Accolades
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