The Sixers selected Simmons with the first overall pick in the 2016 draft out of LSU. However, the talented lefty missed his entire rookie season after breaking his foot.
Simmons made $5,903,160 in 2016-17 while rehabbing his foot injury.
In his second year, Ben Simmons earned $6,168,840 and won the Rookie of the Year Award over Utah Jazz shooting guard Donovan Mitchell. The point-forward averaged 15.8 points, 8.1 rebounds and 8.2 assists per game while leading the Sixers to the second round of the playoffs.
The Aussie was set to complete his rookie deal with the Sixers by making $6,434,520 in 2018-19 and $8,113,930 in 2019-20. Simmons got his $6,434,520 in 2018-19 but it is unknown if the All-Star will collect the full amount he’s owed in 2019-20 due to COVID-19. The NBA suspended the season in March and players’ salaries are expected to be impacted.
In 2018-19 while making $6,434,520, Ben Simmons averaged 16.9 points, 8.8 rebounds and 7.7 assists per game for the Sixers, who once again went to the second round of the postseason. That stat line set Simmons up to sign a massive five-year, $170 million maximum rookie contract extension with the Sixers in the summer of 2019. The contract will kick in during the 2020-21 season.
It’s a lot of money for a player who can’t shoot 3s. However, Simmons is elite in a lot of other facets of the game.
Moving forward, Ben Simmons will make $29,250,000 in 2020-21, $31,590,000 in 2021-22, $33,930,000 in 2022-23, $36,270,000 in 2023-24 and $38,610,000 in 2024-25. The former Rookie of the Year has career averages of 16.4 points, 8.3 rebounds and 8.0 assists in 214 games with the 76ers.
While there have been rumors that the Sixers may consider trading Ben Simmons or Joel Embiid moving forward, it would shock a lot of people around the league if that actually happened. Most league insiders expect the Sixers to pursue more shooters to pair alongside Simmons and Embiid.