The Philadelphia 76ers selected Simmons with the first overall pick in the 2016 draft out of LSU. The team was very excited for Simmons’ all-around game to be put to the test on the NBA level after the lefty played well in college despite not leading the LSU Tigers to the NCAA Tournament.
Unfortunately, Ben Simmons missed his entire rookie season with a foot injury. It caused some Sixers fans to worry if Simmons was going to be Greg Oden 2.0. Ben made $5,903,160 during his rookie season while rehabbing his injury. There was some pressure on him to perform at a high level during the 2017-18 season since he missed his entire rookie campaign.
Luckily for the Sixers, Simmons is used to the pressure. He won Rookie of the Year in 2017-18 by averaging 15.8 points, 8.1 rebounds and 8.2 assists. Simmons made $6,168,840 and also helped the Sixers get to the second round of the playoffs, where the team wound up losing to the Boston Celtics in five games.
During his second NBA campaign, Ben Simmons made his first All-Star team while earning $6,434,520. He put up 16.9 points, 8.8 rebounds and 7.7 assists per game and was setting himself up to sign a lucrative rookie-scale extension despite his injury history and lack of shooting skills.
In the summer of 2019, the Sixers signed Simmons to a five-year, $170 million maximum rookie contract extension, which will kick in during the 2020-21 season. Simmons is set to make $29,250,000, though that might come down a little bit due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Before the 2019-20 season was suspended, Ben Simmons was averaging 16.7 points, 7.8 rebounds and 8.2 assists for the Sixers. He made his second straight All-Star team and is primed to be one of the best players to ever play for the 76ers if he stays in Philadelphia his entire NBA career and develops a consistent outside game.
While there have been rumors that the Sixers could possibly trade Ben Simmons or Joel Embiid moving forward, Philly would be wise to keep their two All-Stars together and instead trade for more shooters.