|Full name||Benjamin David Simmons|
|birthday||20th July 1996 (age 24)|
|place of birth||Melbourne , Victoria , Australia|
|NBA draft||2016 , 1st pick, Philadelphia 76ers|
|Clubs as active|
|Philadelphia 76ers since 2016|
Benjamin David "Ben" Simmons (born July 20, 1996 in Melbourne , Victoria ) is an Australian basketball player who is under contract with the Philadelphia 76ers in the US professional league NBA . He measures 2.08 meters, is left-handed and was originally used as a winger. Since his arrival in the NBA, despite his size, he has been a point guard / point forward .
Simmons was selected first by the 76ers in the 2016 NBA Draft , but only made his debut the following season due to an injury. Following the 2017/18 season , he was voted Rookie of the Year and is now also a two-time NBA All-Star .
Childhood and youth
Simmons grew up in Newcastle , New South Wales , where he played basketball and rugby as a teenager . At the age of ten he moved with his family back to his native Melbourne , where he played basketball in the youth teams of the suburban club Knox Raiders. At the age of 14, he decided to focus on basketball in the future and not pursue the rugby career. From the age of 15 he played for the team at Box Hill Senior Secondary College in the state of Victoria and received a scholarship from the Australian Institutes of Sport in 2012 .
The move to the United States followed. From January 2013 to 2015, Simmons played for the team at the Montverde Academy in the state of Florida . In between he returned to his Australian homeland and played in the 2013 season for the Bulleen Boomers in the Big V league. In April 2013, Simmons took part in the Jordan Brand Classic International Game , in which he competed with some of the world's best players of his year measured.
In October 2013, he announced that he would study and play at Louisiana State University from the 2015/16 season . In November 2014, he then signed the corresponding agreement. In his sophomore season at Montverde Academy, he was ranked first on several senior high school player rankings and was named Gatorade National Boys Basketball Player of the Year for best high school player of the year. He also took part in the McDonald's All-American game of the best high school players.
For the 2015/16 season he moved to Louisiana State University and immediately became a key player on the team. In his first and only season at LSU, he led the team in several statistical categories, including points scored per game (19.2), rebounds (11.8), assists (4.8), ball wins (2.0) and blocks (0.8).
In the 2016 NBA draft , Simmons was selected first by the Philadelphia 76ers . His selection by the Sixers was certain a few days before the draft. Simmons missed the 2016/17 season entirely due to a foot injury sustained during pre -season , which is why the 2017/18 NBA season is considered his rookie season.
In his debut season, Simmons led the 76ers to third place in the Eastern Conference with 52 wins. He was next to center Joel Embiid the most important player on the team and reached 15.8 points, 8.1 rebounds, 8.2 assists, 1.7 steals and 0.9 blocks per game in the regular season . He also recorded twelve triple doubles . The Australian was named Rookie of the Month four times during the season in the Eastern Conference and was appointed to the NBA All-Rookie First Team at the end of the season . In the playoffs , the 76ers reached the second round, where they were subject to the Boston Celtics . In ten playoff games, Simmons recorded 16.3 points, 9.4 rebounds and 7.7 assists and posted a triple-double against Miami at the end of April with 17 points, 13 rebounds and ten basket assists as the first league newcomer since Magic Johnson in 1980 a game of the playoffs. This performance was rewarded with the election of Rookie of the Year at the end of the season .
Since the beginning of his NBA career, Simmons' three-point throw was considered his greatest weakness. His first three (after 17 failed attempts in two seasons) he only met at the beginning of his third season, on November 21, 2019 in the game against New York Knicks . In addition, Simmons' throws are mostly limited to the immediate vicinity of the basket.
In 2012 he took part with the Australian national team at the U-17 World Cup in Lithuania and won the silver medal. A year later he played with Australia's men's national team at the Oceania Championship .
|GP||Matches played (Games Played)||GS||Games from the beginning (Games started)||MPG||Graduated minutes per game (Minutes per game)|
|FG%||Throw rate from the field (field goal percentage)||3P%||Throwing quota three-point throws (3-point field-goal percentage)||FT%||Free throw rate (free-throw percentage)|
|RPG||Rebounds per game (rebounds per game)||APG||Assists per game (assists per game)||SPG||Steals per game (steals per game)|
|BPG||Blocks per game (blocks per game)||PPG||Points per game (points per game)||FAT||Career record|
Awards and Achievements
Simmons has three sisters and two brothers. His brother Liam was the assistant coach of the basketball team at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar , Missouri . His father, Dave Simmons, is a former professional basketball player from New York who played in Australia for 13 years. There he met his wife, Ben's mother.
- Ben Simmons - player profile on NBA.com
- Ben Simmons - player profile on basketball-reference.com
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- 2015 Games Results :: McDonald's (R) All American Games - A Basketball Rite of Passage (TM). In: www.mcdonaldsallamerican.com. Retrieved March 8, 2016 .
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- 76ers at Celtics
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- Franziska Wendler: Harden MVP - LeBron comes away empty-handed. NBA Awards: James Harden is awarded MVP, Ben Simmons and Dwane Casey. On: Sport1 website; Ismaning, June 26, 2018. Retrieved June 26, 2018.
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- Ben Simmons - Basketball Australia. In: Basketball Australia. Retrieved March 8, 2016 (American English).
- Australia | 2013 FIBA Oceania Championship for Men | ARCHIVE.FIBA.COM. In: www.fiba.com. Retrieved March 8, 2016 .
- Southwest Baptist University Athletics - 2015-16 Men's Basketball Coaching Staff. In: www.sbubearcats.com. Retrieved March 8, 2016 .
- Ben Simmons Bio. In: LSUsports.net. Retrieved March 8, 2016 .
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Simmons, Benjamin David (full name)|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||Australian basketball player|
|DATE OF BIRTH||July 20, 1996|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Melbourne , Victoria , Australia|