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Ben Simmons has agreed to a maximum contract extension with the Philadelphia 76ers, which pays him $ 1
Rich Paul, Simmons' agent, confirmed the deal with Shams Charania by The Athletic and Stadium on Monday. Adrian Wojnarowski from ESPN reported for the first time on the team's plans to offer him a maximum extension in early July.
Overall draft # 1 of 2016 was nearing completion of its rookie deal and was expected to bring in $ 8.1 million in in 2019-20.
Simmons has proven himself a pioneering player on the field and won Rookie of the Year in 2017-18, before receiving his first All-Star selection in 2018-19. He consistently shows the ability to fill out the spreadsheet with an average of 16.9 points, 8.8 rebounds and 7.7 assists per game last season. The only other players to have averaged 16-8-7 last year were Russell Westbrook, LeBron James and Nikola Jokic, according to the Basketball Reference.
His numbers in the first two seasons made him even more exclusive:
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Ben Simmons is one of only three players in the NBA Story that scored more than 1,000 points in the first two seasons, scored more than 1,000 rebounds, and distributed more than 1,000 assists.
The other two players in this elite club are:
Oscar Roberston and LeBron James.
The all-round production helped him claim 16th place in the NBA last season and finished 11th in his first year, leading the 76ers in both seasons.
Of course, he still has room for improvement, especially in his shots, after scoring zero three points in 17 career attempts. His inconsistency was also a big problem in the playoffs. He scored an average of just 11.6 points and 4.9 assists per game in the defeat in the second round against the Toronto Raptors this postseason.
Simmons must be more aggressive against elite opponents to help Philadelphia move forward.
] The recent deal, however, solidifies the core of the '76, with Joel Embiid, Tobias Harris and Al Horford under contract for at least four years. Philadelphia brings home an NBA title.