Sixers PG Ben Simmons’ contract value nosedives after horrific end to season
It’s hard to imagine being in Ben Simmons’ shoes right now, especially after the way he let the Philadelphia 76ers down with a questionable performance in the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs against Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks. But you know what’s also down? The Sixers star’s current value as opposed to the value of the salary he is guaranteed to earn in the 2021-22 NBA season.
Via Bobby Marks of ESPN:
— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) June 22, 2021
Ben Simmons is getting hit from every direction in both the fan and media realms. He ended the 2021 NBA Playoffs with an average of just 11.9 points on a 62.1 field goal percentage, which was that high largely because he simply didn’t take as many shots as the Sixers would have been pleased to see. Simmons also shot just 34.2 percent from the foul line, while barely showing up to play in fourth quarters.
In the Sixers’ Game 7 loss to the Hawks at home, Simmons played like he really wanted to get pelted by the media, finishing with just five points on 2-of-4 shooting.
Once viewed as one of the brightest stars in the NBA, Simmons’ place among the league’s young guns has taken a severe dip. Nevertheless, Simmons remains a talented player most other teams would love to have.
Simmons signed a five-year rookie extension worth $177.2 million back in 2019.