Benjamin David Simmons (born 20 July 1996) is an Australian professional basketball player for the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for one season with the Louisiana State University (LSU) Tigers, when he was named a consensus first-team All-American and the USBWA National Freshman of the Year. He was selected with the first overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft by the 76ers. After sitting out a year due to an injured right foot, he was named the NBA Rookie of the Year in 2018. He received his first All-Star selection in 2019.
Simmons playing for the 76ers in 2018
|No. 25 – Philadelphia 76ers|
|Position||Point guard / Forward|
|Born||20 July 1996|
|Nationality||Australian / American|
|Listed height||6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)|
|Listed weight||230 lb (104 kg)|
|High school||Montverde Academy|
|NBA draft||2016 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1st overall|
|Selected by the Philadelphia 76ers|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Simmons attended Box Hill Senior Secondary College before moving to the United States to attend Montverde Academy in Montverde, Florida. In his only season in college, LSU began the season with high expectations, but failed to qualify for the NCAA Tournament. He left school to enter the NBA draft, becoming the third Melbourne-born number one overall pick (following Andrew Bogut and Kyrie Irving) in 11 years. Simmons is the son of an American-born father, Dave, who played pro basketball in Australia. A dual citizen with the United States, Simmons has played for the Australian national team.
- 1 Early life
- 2 High school career
- 3 College career
- 4 Professional career
- 5 National team career
- 6 Career statistics
- 7 Personal life
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Simmons was born in the Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy, to American-born father Dave Simmons and Australian mother Julie. He was raised with his 5 brothers and sisters—Melissa, Emily, Liam, Sean, and Olivia—the first four from his mother's previous marriage. His father played college basketball for Oklahoma City University before turning professional with the Melbourne Tigers in Australia's National Basketball League in 1989, and later becoming a naturalised citizen.
Simmons was raised in Newcastle from the age of 18 months, while his father played and coached in the city. Simmons began playing basketball at the age of seven in the Newcastle Hunters' under-12 representative team and played two more years for Lake Macquarie and Newcastle. While in Newcastle, he also played junior rugby league for the Western Suburbs and South Newcastle in the Newcastle Rugby League, a local rugby league.
At age 10, Simmons returned to Melbourne and began playing junior basketball for the Knox Raiders. Along with basketball, he also played Australian rules football at the junior level for the Beverley Hills Junior Football Club and won a number of team and league best and fairest awards in the Yarra Junior Football League. In Year 7, while attending Whitefriars College, Simmons was named MVP after he helped Whitefriars win the Year-7 Division 1A Basketball premiership.
As a teenager, Simmons was torn between his two loves of basketball and Australian rules football, but eventually decided to focus on basketball. Simmons later revealed it was his football coach's decision to play him in the position of ruckman that swayed his decision to pursue basketball; he wanted to "play forward and kick goals" instead. Simmons claims to continue to support the Essendon Bombers in the Australian Football League, and describes the sport as "an amazing game". In August 2019, Simmons attended an Essendon home fixture at Marvel Stadium and reaffmired his support for the Bombers.
In Year 9, at the age of 15, Simmons played basketball for Box Hill Senior Secondary College at the 2011 Australian Schools Championships before taking up a scholarship at the Australian Institute of Sport in 2012. Later that year, Simmons made his first appearance in the United States at the renowned Pangos All-American Camp for basketball prospects. Despite being only 15 years old, he was chosen to represent Australia at the 2012 FIBA Under-17 World Championship, where he helped his team win the silver medal. Simmons' tournament highlights included a 26-point, 10-rebound, 5-steal outing against the Czech Republic.
High school career
In January 2013, Simmons moved to the U.S. to compete against boys of comparable size and athleticism. He attended Montverde Academy in Montverde, Florida, where he immediately started playing. In April 2013, he helped Montverde rally from a 16-point deficit to beat New Jersey's St Benedict's 67–65 in the final of the High School National Tournament. After competing in the Jordan Brand Classic International Game, he returned to Melbourne where he joined the Bulleen Boomers of the Big V competition in June 2013. He played six games for Bulleen while averaging 12.3 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.3 steals, and 2.3 blocks per game.
Simmons returned to Montverde Academy for his junior season in 2013–14. On the season, Simmons averaged 18.5 points, 9.8 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game while shooting 69 percent from the field and 77 percent from the free throw line. He recorded 88 blocks as well. Montverde finished the season with a 28–0 record, closing with a 71–62 victory over Oak Hill Academy in the High School National Tournament at Madison Square Garden. Simmons had 24 points and 12 rebounds as he earned MVP honours. Following the season, he was named America's top high school junior and was voted MVP at the National Basketball Players' Association Top 100 camp.
On 28 January 2015, Simmons was named as a starter for the East team to compete in the 38th annual McDonald's All-American Game. On 10 March 2015, he was named the Morgan Wootten Award winner, given annually to the best male McDonald's All-American player who exemplifies outstanding character, exhibits leadership, and embodies the values of being a student-athlete in the classroom and in the community. In doing so, he became just the second player from a Florida high school to win the award behind Austin Rivers in 2011. He was then named the Naismith Prep Player of the Year on 12 March and the Gatorade National Player of the Year on 24 March after leading the Eagles to a 28–1 record and a berth in the High School National Tournament for the third straight year. In 29 regular season games, he averaged 28.0 points, 11.9 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.6 steals per game while shooting 70.7 percent from the field and recording 24 double-doubles.
After competing in the 2015 McDonald's All-American Game on 1 April, Simmons led Montverde Academy to a third consecutive High School National Tournament title with a 70–61 win over Oak Hill Academy on 4 April at Madison Square Garden. He again earned MVP honours after recording 58 points and 35 rebounds over the three-day tournament. He then competed in the 2015 Nike Hoop Summit for the World Team on 11 April and scored 13 points in a 103–101 win over Team USA.
Entering his freshman year of college, Simmons began his career on a four-stop national tour in Australia with the LSU Tigers men's basketball team. Relishing the opportunity to show his teammates where it all began for him, Simmons made his debut for LSU on 15 August in an 89–75 win over the Newcastle All-Stars in the first game of LSU's preseason Australia trip. His double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds led the way for the Tigers, playing at the Newcastle Basketball Stadium where his father played professionally for the Newcastle Falcons in the late 1990s. The Tigers completed their five-game Australian tour with a 3–2 record, and over the five games, Simmons averaged 20 points and nine rebounds per game to lead the team in all major statistical categories. Upon returning to the United States, Simmons was featured on the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook 35th anniversary cover, was named the SEC's Preseason Player of the Year, and earned Associated Press preseason All-America team honours. His Preseason Player of the Year honour made him just the second freshman to earn the award, joining Kentucky's Julius Randle in 2013, and his All-America team honour made him just the fourth freshman to be honoured on the preseason team.
On 13 November 2015, Simmons made his college debut in LSU's season opener, recording a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds as a starter in a win over McNeese State. He helped LSU start the season 3–0 before recording 21 points, 20 rebounds, 7 assists and 2 steals in a loss to Marquette on 23 November. On 2 December, he helped LSU break a three-game losing streak by recording 43 points, 14 rebounds, 7 assists, 5 steals and 3 blocks in a 119–108 win over North Florida. His 43 points were the most for a Tigers player since Shaquille O'Neal had 43 against Northern Arizona on 28 December 1991. After recording 14 points and 10 rebounds in a win over Kentucky on 5 January 2016, Simmons was dubbed the best all-round player since LeBron James by NBA Hall of Famer Magic Johnson. On 11 February, he was named to the 35-man midseason watchlist for the Naismith Trophy. Nine days later, Simmons came off the bench for the first time after being removed from LSU's starting line-up for their game against Tennessee due to academic reasons. Following the conclusion of the regular season, Simmons was named first-team All-Southeastern Conference and the league's Freshman of the Year on the 2016 Coaches SEC voting. He was also named to the eight-player All-SEC Freshman team.
The team's regular season was largely regarded as a disappointment. After ranking No. 21 in the preseason AP Top 25 vote, LSU finished the regular season with an 18–13 record, including 11–7 in SEC play.
As the fourth seed in the 2016 SEC Tournament, Simmons helped LSU (18–13) defeat Tennessee in the quarter-finals to move on to the semi-finals where they faced first-seeded Texas A&M. LSU bowed out of the tournament with a demoralising 71–38 loss to the Aggies, as Simmons was unsuccessful in leading the Tigers to an NCAA tournament berth. Simmons completed the 2015–16 season having played in 33 games with 32 starts. He led the team in all major statistical categories except three-point and free throw shooting, finishing with averages of 19.2 points, 11.8 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 2.0 steals and 0.8 blocks in 34.9 minutes per game, while shooting 56.0% from the field, 33.3% from three-point range and 67.0% from the free throw line. In the SEC, he ranked fourth in points, first in rebounds, third in field goal percentage, fifth in assists, and second in steals.
Following the announcement of the NCAA tournament field, with LSU failing to earn a bid, Tigers head coach Johnny Jones announced that the team would not play in any postseason tournament. On 21 March 2016, Simmons declared for the 2016 NBA draft, forgoing his final three years of college eligibility. He withdrew from school at the conclusion of the season with plans to move immediately to Phoenix, Arizona in advance of the NBA draft. He also signed with American sports agency Klutch Sports, which is primarily owned by Rich Paul.
Philadelphia 76ers (2016–present)
Draft year injury (2016–17)
In the week leading up to the 2016 NBA draft, Simmons' attitude and character were questioned by a number of NBA media analysts. Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown, former Australian national team coach and a friend of the Simmons family, repudiated the claims being made and was content with Simmons' pre-draft behaviour. On 23 June, he was selected by Brown and the 76ers with the number one overall pick in the 2016 draft, becoming the third Melbourne-born number one overall pick in 11 years (Andrew Bogut in 2005 and Kyrie Irving in 2011). He was also the first college player in the modern era to be selected with the first overall pick despite never playing in the NCAA Tournament.
On 3 July 2016, Simmons signed his rookie scale contract with the 76ers and joined the team for the 2016 NBA Summer League. While he shot the ball poorly during his first three Summer League games, Simmons was praised for his court awareness and passing ability for a big man. He went on to be named in the All-Las Vegas Summer League First Team, and in six Summer League games, he averaged 10.8 points, 7.7 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game.
On 30 September 2016, Simmons rolled his right ankle during the 76ers' final training camp scrimmage. After receiving an X-ray and MRI of the foot and ankle, it was determined that Simmons had suffered a fracture of the fifth metatarsal bone of his right foot, and was estimated to miss three to four months. However, on 24 February 2017, he was ruled out for the entire 2016–17 season after tests revealed that his broken right foot had not fully healed.
Rookie season (2017–18)
Some pundits doubted his strength, fitness and scoring prowess after a full season on the sidelines, with only an outside chance for rookie of the year. In his NBA debut on 18 October 2017, Simmons had 18 points and 10 rebounds in a 120–115 season-opening loss to the Washington Wizards. In his third game, on 21 October, Simmons recorded 18 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists in a 128–94 loss to the Toronto Raptors, joining Oscar Robertson as the only players ever to post 10+ points, 10+ rebounds and 5+ assists in their first three NBA games. In his fourth game, on 23 October, Simmons recorded his first career triple-double with 21 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in a 97–86 win over the Detroit Pistons, becoming the third rookie after Robertson (1960) and Art Williams (1967) to record a triple-double in his first four games. He went on to become the only player in NBA history to begin a season with at least 170 points, 100 rebounds and 80 assists in his team's first 10 games. On 29 November, he had 31 points and a career-high 18 rebounds in a 118–113 win over the Wizards. On 22 February, he scored a career-high 32 points, making two free throws with 5.6 seconds left to complete Philadelphia's rally from five points down in the final minute, as the 76ers beat the Chicago Bulls 116–115. On 15 March against the New York Knicks, Simmons recorded his second consecutive triple-double and joined Robertson and Magic Johnson as the third rookie in NBA history to reach 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 500 assists. His triple-double against the Knicks was his eighth of the season, thus entering second place for most triple-doubles in a rookie season, trailing only Robertson (26). On 19 March against the Charlotte Hornets, Simmons recorded 11 points, 12 rebounds and 15 assists, and became the third rookie to have 0 turnovers in a triple-double game. On 24 March, he recorded his 10th triple-double of the season with 15 points, 12 rebounds and 13 assists in a 120–108 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. On 26 March, he had 11 assists in a 123–104 win over the Denver Nuggets, topping Allen Iverson (567) to set the team rookie record for assists. On 6 April, he had 27 points, 15 rebounds and 13 assists in a 132–130 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, leading the 76ers to their 13th straight win. He was subsequently named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played Monday 2 April to Sunday 8 April. In the 76ers' penultimate game of the regular season on 10 April, the 76ers set a franchise record with their 15th consecutive victory following a 121–113 win over the Atlanta Hawks, with Simmons recording 13 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. The 76ers finished the regular season with a 16th straight win to earn the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Their record of 52–30 set the best team mark since 2001, when they went 56–26. At the conclusion of the regular season, Simmons was named the Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for games played in March and April, earning the award for the third consecutive month and the fourth time overall.
In his playoff debut, in Game 1 of the 76ers' first-round playoff series against the Miami Heat, Simmons had 17 points, 14 assists and nine rebounds in a 130–103 win. In Game 4, Simmons helped the 76ers take a 3–1 lead in the series with 17 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists in a 106–102 win. He became the first rookie since Magic Johnson in 1980 to have a playoff triple-double, and became the fifth rookie with a triple-double in the playoffs, joining Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jerry Lucas and Tom Gola. Simmons helped the 76ers move on to the second round of the playoffs with a 4–1 defeat of the Heat, as he recorded 14 points and 10 rebounds in a 104–91 win in Game 5. The 76ers went on to lose in five games to the Boston Celtics in the second round, with Simmons recording 18 points, eight rebounds and six assists in a 114–112 loss in Game 5. At the season's end, Simmons was named the NBA Rookie of the Year and earned NBA All-Rookie First Team honours.
First All-Star selection (2018–19)
In September 2018, Simmons announced that during the off-season he began working to improve his shooting with his brother Liam Tribe-Simmons, former assistant coach for University of California, Riverside Highlanders men's basketball team and Southwest Baptist Bearcats men's basketball team, and would continue to do so for the remainder of the season. In the 76ers' season opener on 16 October 2018, Simmons recorded 19 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists in a 105–87 loss to the Boston Celtics. Two days later, he had a triple-double with 13 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists in a 127–108 win over the Chicago Bulls. He reached his 13th career triple-double with 2:34 left in the third and became the first Sixer to ever get one in a home opener. On 2 January, he scored 29 points in a 132–127 win over the Phoenix Suns. On 5 January, he recorded his sixth triple-double of the season with 20 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists in a 106–100 win over the Dallas Mavericks. On 11 January, he had 23 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds in a 123–121 loss to the Atlanta Hawks. Two days later, he had 20 points, 22 rebounds and nine assists in a 108–105 win over the New York Knicks. On 15 January, with 20 points, 11 rebounds, and 9 assists against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Simmons became the second fastest player in NBA history to reach 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 1,000 assists, trailing only Oscar Robertson. Simmons reached this milestone in 125 games, which is 9 games faster than Magic Johnson and 33 games faster than LeBron James. On 23 January, he had 21 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds in a 122–120 win over the San Antonio Spurs. On 31 January, he received his first All-Star selection as an Eastern Conference reserve, becoming the first Australian to receive the honour. On 28 February, he recorded his ninth triple-double of the season with 11 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists in a 108–104 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. Two days later, he had 25 points, 15 rebounds and 11 assists in a 120–117 loss to the Golden State Warriors. In game two of the 76ers' first-round playoff series against the Brooklyn Nets, Simmons had his second career postseason triple-double with 18 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds to lead Philadelphia to a 145–123 win. In game three of the series, Simmons scored a postseason career-high 31 points on 11-of-13 shooting in a 131–115 win over the Nets, putting the 76ers up 2–1 in the series.
National team career
Simmons represented Australia at the 2012 FIBA Under-17 World Championship at age 15 and helped the team reach the final, where they were defeated by the United States. A year later, after participating in the Australian Boomers camp ahead of the Sino-Australia Challenge, Simmons made his senior debut for Australia in the 2013 FIBA Oceania Championship against New Zealand. He subsequently scored four total points in the two-game series and was a part of the gold medal winning Australian team.
In July 2014, Simmons was added to the Boomers extended squad for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup. However, he was later cut from the squad as he did not make the final 12-man roster. In August 2015, Simmons signaled his intentions to represent Australia at the 2016 Rio Olympics and said he was aiming to win a medal. However, in April 2016, Simmons instead decided to not join the Boomers for the Rio Olympics in order to concentrate on preparing for his rookie season in the NBA. In October 2017, Simmons made clear his intentions to represent Australia at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. On 15 May 2019, Simmons confirmed he would represent Australia in the 2019 FIBA World Cup and multiple exhibition games against Canada and the United States.
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
In the summer of 2018, Simmons' brother Liam resigned his position as assistant coach at the University of California, Riverside to work with Simmons on improving his shooting game. The decision to hire his brother as his shooting coach was not without controversy or criticism. His sister Emily, a former member of the Washington State University women's rowing team who has worked for Klutch Sports since 2014, is the wife of NFL player Michael Bush. His godfather, David Patrick, was an assistant coach at LSU and was a part of his sole season there. A cousin of Simmons, who had attended the 2016 NBA draft, was killed in a hit-and-run on 25 June 2016 in New Jersey.
In November 2016, Simmons was featured in the Showtime documentary film One & Done, providing an insight into his time as a one-and-done college player, as well as exploring his and his family's thoughts on the NCAA and the NBA's 'one and done' rule.
- Roach, Stewart (23 September 1999). "Paths Cross As Careers Take Off". VictoriaCross.com.au. Archived from the original on 4 March 2015.
- O'Neil, Dana (5 November 2015). "From Melbourne to Baton Rouge, Ben Simmons has arrived at LSU". ESPN.com. Retrieved 5 November 2015.
- Rosetta, Randy (24 July 2014). "Ben Simmons' connection to LSU remains rock-solid after an explosive summer". The Times-Picayune. Archived from the original on 8 June 2017.
- "Emily Tribe Profile". WSUCougars.com. Retrieved 24 November 2014.
- Auerbach, Nicole (19 June 2015). "LSU's versatile Ben Simmons has a natural position: Star". USAToday.com. Retrieved 20 June 2015.
- Keeble, Brett (29 October 2013). "Boomers boss sees something special in Simmons". TheHerald.com.au. Retrieved 30 November 2014.
- Keeble, Brett (15 October 2013). "Basketballer Ben Simmons high hopes for NBA: video". TheHerald.com.au. Retrieved 24 November 2014.
- Wilson, Rebecca (30 June 2016). "NBA No.1 draft pick Ben Simmons dreamt of playing for Newcastle Knights". dailytelegraph.com.au. Retrieved 28 January 2016.
- "Player statistics for Ben Simmons – BVDL". FoxSportsPulse.com. Retrieved 24 November 2014.
- Arnovitz, Kevin (15 December 2017). "You'll never believe the oblong ball behind Ben Simmons' genius". ESPN.com.au. Retrieved 17 December 2017.
- "Ben Simmons Visit". Whitefriars.vic.edu.au. 19 August 2016. Retrieved 20 September 2016.
- Blake, Martin (26 May 2016). "How the AFL lost Ben Simmons". ESPN.com.au. Retrieved 18 January 2017.
- Sygall, David (15 August 2015). "The hype around Louisiana State University star Ben Simmons is warranted, but it's a long way to the top if you want to pick and roll". SMH.com.au. Retrieved 17 November 2015.
- Walker, Rod. "LSU SIGNEE BEN SIMMONS AS GOOD AS ADVERTISED". AussieHoopla.com. Retrieved 17 November 2015.
- Calle, Franklyn (10 November 2014). "Long Way Home". SlamOnline.com. Retrieved 25 November 2014.
- "NBA star Ben Simmons talks footy". AFL.com.au. 26 April 2018. Retrieved 26 April 2018.
- Thompson, Matt (26 April 2018). "NBA or AFL? Aussie star reveals tough choice". AFL.com.au. Retrieved 26 April 2018.
- Ward, Roy (29 March 2018). "Essendon to test NBL plans with members survey". TheAge.com.au. Retrieved 26 April 2018.
- "NBA star Ben Simmons makes it to Marvel Stadium to watch his beloved Essendon lose". FoxSports.com.au. 3 August 2019. Retrieved 4 August 2019.
- "Ben Simmons Instagram: Thank you to @essendonfc for having me, always good to come out and support the guys. S/O to Walla ..... the guy can play". FoxSports.com.au. 3 August 2019. Retrieved 4 August 2019.
- Bernard, Grantley (25 November 2011). "This son of a gun has a very big future". HeraldSun.com.au. Retrieved 24 November 2014.
- Woo, Jeremy (18 April 2014). "LSU recruit Ben Simmons could be the next ambassador of Australian basketball". Sports Illustrated. Archived from the original on 24 October 2017.
- Borzello, Jeff (8 June 2012). "Australian prospect Ben Simmons makes great first impression". CBSSports.com. Retrieved 24 July 2016.
- Stephens, Mitch (29 April 2014). "Nation's top junior Ben Simmons succeeds with versatility". MaxPreps.com. Retrieved 24 July 2016.
- "Boxscore: Czech Republic 58-63 Australia 01 July 2012". FIBA.com. Retrieved 17 November 2015.
- Bortoluzzi, Davide (17 April 2013). "2013 Jordan Brand Classic: International Prospects". NBADraft.net. Retrieved 29 March 2015.
- "Big V Round 12 – Men's Teams on a Roll". FoxSportsPulse.com. 16 June 2013. Retrieved 24 November 2014.
- "Player statistics for Ben Simmons – Big V". FoxSportsPulse.com. Retrieved 15 August 2015.
- "Men's Basketball Signs Nation's No. 1 Player". LSUSports.net. 12 November 2014. Retrieved 24 November 2014.
- Hustwaite, Megan (17 June 2014). "NBA draft hopeful Ben Simmons heads back to Box Hill Senior Secondary College". HeraldSun.com.au. Retrieved 24 November 2014.
- Keeble, Brett (30 June 2014). "Basketball junior Ben Simmons has world at his big feet". TheHerald.com.au. Retrieved 20 August 2015.
- Borzello, Jeff (28 January 2015). "East, West rosters unveiled". ESPN.com. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
- Adaimy, Roje (29 January 2015). "All-American honour for Australian Boomers young gun Ben Simmons". SMH.com.au. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
- Biancardi, Paul (10 March 2015). "Ben Simmons wins Wootten Award". ESPN.com. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
- Borzello, Jeff (12 March 2015). "Ben Simmons wins Naismith Trophy". ESPN.com. Retrieved 20 March 2015.
- Konecky, Chad (24 March 2015). "Ben Simmons wins Gatorade National Boys Basketball Player of the Year". usatodayhss.com. Retrieved 24 March 2015.
- "Montverde Academy wins third straight national title". ESPN.com. 5 April 2015. Archived from the original on 12 April 2015. Retrieved 5 April 2015.
- "Simmons' 3rd US school basketball title". SBS.com.au. 5 April 2015. Retrieved 5 April 2015.
- Vecenie, Sam (11 April 2015). "World Team beats USA in Nike Hoop Summit behind Murray's 30". CBSSports.com. Retrieved 12 April 2015.
- "Ben Simmons – Basketball Recruiting – Player Profiles". ESPN.com. Retrieved 26 April 2015.
- Dinjaski, Melanie (18 August 2015). "Aussie basketball phenom Ben Simmons adjusting to 'crazy' college life at LSU". FoxSports.com.au. Retrieved 18 August 2015.
- Payne, Terrence (15 August 2015). "Ben Simmons records double-double in first game for LSU". NBCSports.com. Retrieved 18 August 2015.
- "LSU Combined Team Statistics (as of Aug 22, 2015)" (PDF). LSUSports.net. Retrieved 31 August 2015.
- "Basketball Tour Ends as Melbourne Turns Tables". LSUSports.net. 22 August 2015. Retrieved 31 August 2015.
- "Simmons on 'Blue Ribbon' Preseason All-America Team". LSUSports.net. 27 August 2015. Retrieved 31 August 2015.
- "Simmons Named SEC Preseason Player of the Year". LSUSports.net. 21 October 2015. Retrieved 21 October 2015.
- "Ben Simmons named to AP preseason All-America team - just fourth freshman to get nod". FoxSports.com.au. 10 November 2015. Retrieved 11 November 2015.
- "Freshmen Pace Basketball Past McNeese, 81-70". LSUSports.net. 13 November 2015. Retrieved 13 November 2015.
- "Marquette uses late free throws to nip No. 22 LSU 81-80". ESPN.com. 23 November 2015. Retrieved 24 November 2015.
- "Ben Simmons matches Shaq as LSU rallies, outlasts North Florida". ESPN.com. 2 December 2015. Retrieved 3 December 2015.
- "Ben Simmons the best all-round player since Lebron James: Magic Johnson". ABC.net.au. 6 January 2016. Retrieved 6 January 2016.
- Payne, Terrence (11 February 2016). "Naismith Trophy midseason list announced". FoxSports.com. Retrieved 19 February 2016.
- "Ben Simmons benched by Louisiana State for academic reasons". SMH.com.au. 21 February 2016. Retrieved 21 February 2016.
- "Blakeney, Simmons Named to All-SEC Teams". LSUSports.net. 8 March 2016. Retrieved 11 March 2016.
- "Ben Simmons' LSU legacy diminished by his team's underachievement". Retrieved 28 August 2017.
- "NCAA College Basketball Polls, College Basketball Rankings, NCAA Basketball Polls - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
- "LSU Tigers Basketball 2015-16 Schedule - Tigers Home and Away - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
- Franchuk, Jason (12 March 2016). "What Went Wrong for Ben Simmons, LSU After NCAA Tourney Hopes End?". BleacherReport.com. Retrieved 13 March 2016.
- "2015–16 LSU Men's Basketball Season Statistics". LSUSports.net. Retrieved 13 March 2016.
- Goodman, John (21 March 2016). "Ben Simmons to enter NBA draft". ESPN.com. Retrieved 21 March 2016.
- Mickles, Sheldon (21 March 2016). "LSU's Ben Simmons withdraws from school to enter NBA draft; father says hiring agent 'shouldn't be far off'". TheAdvocate.com. Retrieved 21 March 2016.
- Mitchell, Peter (15 March 2016). "Ben Simmons set to cash in with LeBron James' agency before NBA debut". SMH.com.au. Retrieved 17 March 2016.
- Uluc, Olgun (24 March 2016). "Ben Simmons signs with Klutch Sports Group: What comes next after linking with NBA super-agent". FoxSports.com.au. Retrieved 21 June 2016.
- Bednall, Jai (21 June 2016). "76ers coach untroubled by negativity surrounding Ben Simmons' attitude". News.com.au. Retrieved 21 June 2016.
- Seltzer, Brian (23 June 2016). "#PHILAfirst: Sixers Select Simmons". NBA.com. Retrieved 23 June 2016.
- "One and none: The paradoxical legacy of freshman Ben Simmons' LSU career". CBSSports.com. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
- "Sixers Announce Team Has Signed 2016 Draft Picks Ben Simmons and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot". NBA.com. 3 July 2016. Retrieved 3 July 2016.
- Boyd, Ray (1 July 2016). "Ben Simmons Headlines Sixers Summer League Roster". CBSLocal.com. Retrieved 4 January 2017.
- Powell, Shaun (10 July 2016). "Simmons ready to fulfill promise with fledgling Sixers". NBA.com. Retrieved 10 July 2016.
- "Wolves' Tyus Jones named 2016 Summer League MVP". NBA.com. 18 July 2016. Retrieved 18 July 2016.
- "Ben Simmons, Thon Maker named two of NBA Summer League's best players". ABC.net.au. 18 July 2016. Retrieved 18 July 2016.
- "Injury Update: Ben Simmons Fractures Bone in Foot". NBA.com. 30 September 2016. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
- Sharp, Andrew (3 October 2016). "The Ben Simmons injury and the bigger picture for the Sixers". SI.com. Retrieved 16 October 2016.
- "Sixers say Ben Simmons won't play this season; rookie star 'heartbroken' over news". ESPN.com. 24 February 2017. Retrieved 24 February 2017.
- "Philadelphia 76ers announce Ben Simmons done for season". NBA.com. 24 February 2017. Retrieved 24 February 2017.
- "Ben Simmons ready to make an impact in the NBA". News.com.au. 27 September 2017. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
- "John Wall scores 28 points, Wizards hold on to beat 76ers". ESPN.com. 18 October 2017. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
- "Ben Simmons records near triple-double in Sixers loss to Raptors". SportingNews.com. 21 October 2017. Retrieved 22 October 2017.
- "Ben Simmons has triple-double in fourth game, Joel Embiid adds 30 in 76ers' win". ESPN.com. 23 October 2017. Retrieved 23 October 2017.
- Ward-Henninger, Colin (24 October 2017). "Sixers rookie Ben Simmons joins Oscar Robertson in elite triple-double club". CBSSports.com. Retrieved 24 October 2017.
- "Ben Simmons did something even LeBron (or anyone else in NBA history) hasn't matched". Newsweek.com. 8 November 2017. Retrieved 8 November 2017.
- "Simmons has 31 points, 18 rebs as 76ers beat Wizards 118-113". ESPN.com. 29 November 2017. Retrieved 30 November 2017.
- "Ben Simmons in new NBA career-high score against Washington Wizards". SMH.com.au. 30 November 2017. Retrieved 29 November 2017.
- "Simmons' late FTs gives 76ers 116-115 win over Bulls". ESPN.com. 22 February 2018. Retrieved 23 February 2018.
- "At the Buzzer | Sixers Beat Knicks in Comeback Fashion". NBA.com. 15 March 2018. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
- "Embiid, Simmons rally 76ers past Knicks, 118-110". ESPN.com. 15 March 2018. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
- Gay, Carlan (15 March 2018). "Ben Simmons surpasses Magic, joins Oscar Robertson in another rookie milestone". SportingNews.com. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
- "Ben Simmons stars again as 76ers prove too strong for Charlotte". NewsComAu. 20 March 2018. Retrieved 22 March 2018.
- Pompey, Keith (20 March 2018). "Sixers-Hornets observations, 'best' and 'worst': Another Ben Simmons triple-double, Dwight Howard's disappointment". Philly.com. Retrieved 22 March 2018.
- "Ben Simmons has triple-double, 76ers beat Timberwolves". ESPN.com. 24 March 2018. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
- "No. 1 pick Fultz scores 10 points in 1st game since October". ESPN.com. 26 March 2018. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
- "76ers hold off LeBron, Cavs 132-130 for 13th straight win". ESPN.com. 6 April 2018. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
- Seltzer, Brian (9 April 2018). "Simmons Named Eastern Conference Player of the Week". NBA.com. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
- "JJ Redick leads way as 76ers set team mark with 15th straight win". ESPN.com. 10 April 2018. Retrieved 10 April 2018.
- "76ers win 16th straight, earn 3 seed in romp over Bucks". ESPN.com. 11 April 2018. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
- "76ers' Ben Simmons, Jazz's Donovan Mitchell named Kia Rookies of Month for March, April". NBA.com. 12 April 2018. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
- "Without Embiid, 76ers roll past Heat in playoff opener". ESPN.com. 14 April 2018. Retrieved 15 April 2018.
- "Ben Simmons is first rookie since Magic Johnson in 1980 with playoff triple-double". ESPN.com. 21 April 2018. Retrieved 21 April 2018.
- "Believe it! 76ers roll with Meek Mill past Heat in Game 5". ESPN.com. 24 April 2018. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
- "Celtics beat 76ers 114-112 in Game 5, advance to face Cavs". ESPN.com. 9 May 2018. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
- "Simmons Named 2017-18 KIA NBA Rookie Of The Year". NBA.com. 25 June 2018. Retrieved 25 June 2018.
- "Donovan Mitchell, Ben Simmons lead 2017-18 NBA All-Rookie first team". NBA.com. 22 May 2018. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
- Pompey, Keith. "Sixers' Ben Simmons working on jump shot with brother, Liam". philly.com. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
- "How Simmons turned improving jumper into a family affair". NBC Sports Philadelphia. 22 September 2018. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
- "Celtics beat 76ers 105-87 as Hayward, Irving make returns". ESPN.com. 16 October 2018. Retrieved 16 October 2018.
- "Simmons triple-double leads 76ers past Bulls 127-108". ESPN.com. 18 October 2018. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
- "Embiid scores 42 points, 76ers hold off Suns 132-127". ESPN.com. 2 January 2019. Retrieved 6 January 2019.
- "Embiid, Simmons lead 76ers past Mavericks, 106-100". ESPN.com. 5 January 2019. Retrieved 6 January 2019.
- "Hawks stun 76ers 123-121 on Collins' late jumper". ESPN.com. 11 January 2019. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
- "76ers escape with 108-105 win over Knicks; Embiid scores 26". ESPN.com. 13 January 2019. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
- "76ers score 83 in 1st half, roll past Timberwolves by 42". ESPN.com. 15 January 2019. Retrieved 19 April 2019.
- "Ben Simmons became 2nd fastest in NBA history to join exclusive club". Sixers Wire. 17 January 2019. Retrieved 19 April 2019.
- "Embiid scores 33, leads 76ers past Spurs 122-120". ESPN.com. 23 January 2019. Retrieved 24 January 2019.
- Smith, Sekou (31 January 2019). "Davis, Westbrook, Griffin highlight reserves for All-Star Game". NBA.com. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
- Dampney, James (1 February 2019). "Finally: Simmons becomes Australia's first NBA All-Star". SMH.com.au. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
- "Harris, Simmons lead 76ers past Thunder, 108-104". ESPN.com. 28 February 2019. Retrieved 28 February 2019.
- "Curry scores 28, carries Warriors to 120-117 win over 76ers". ESPN.com. 2 March 2019. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
- "Simmons triple-double leads 76ers to Game 2 win over Nets". ESPN.com. 15 April 2019. Retrieved 15 April 2019.
- "Simmons scores 31 points, 76ers beat Nets without Embiid". ESPN.com. 18 April 2019. Retrieved 19 April 2019.
- "Ben Simmons's profile". FIBA.com. Retrieved 24 November 2014.
- "STARS HEADLINE BOOMERS SQUAD FOR WORLD CUP CAMP". Basketball.net.au. 15 July 2014. Retrieved 24 November 2014.
- "Ben Simmons boom time will come, says Lemanis". TheHerald.com.au. 28 July 2014. Retrieved 24 November 2014.
- Ward, Roy (21 August 2015). "Ben Simmons hopes for Rio Olympics but can't commit until NBA path sorted". SMH.com.au. Retrieved 9 December 2015.
- Broussard, Chris (8 April 2016). "Ben Simmons to 'postpone' playing for Australia, will forgo 2016 Rio". ESPN.com. Retrieved 10 April 2016.
- McCaffery, Jack (3 November 2017). "Sixers notebook: Ben Simmons hoping to represent Australia in 2020 Olympics". delcotimes.com. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
- Dinjaski, Melanie (10 November 2017). "Ben Simmons commits to Aussie Boomers for Tokyo 2020". wwos.nine.com.au. Retrieved 11 November 2016.
- Uluc, Olgun (15 May 2019). "Ben Simmons commits to Australian Boomers for 2019 FIBA World Cup". foxsports.com.au. Retrieved 15 May 2019.
- "Philadelphia 76ers: Ben Simmons is improving without a 3-point shot". The Sixer Sense. 14 October 2018. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
- Twitter, Terry Toohey ttoohey@delcotimes com @TerryToohey on. "Red hot Simmons has Sixers rolling". The Delaware County Daily Times. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
- Spears, Marc J. (5 February 2019). "Ben Simmons: Fallen star to All-Star 'drip'". The Undefeated. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
- "At Line Lately, Simmons Reaping the Rewards of Hard Work". Philadelphia 76ers. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
- Pompey, Keith. "Sixers' Ben Simmons showing improvement at foul line". philly.com. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
- Pompey, Keith (18 September 2018). "Ben Simmons' brother Liam will not join the Sixers staff or fly on the team plane". @PompeyOnSixers. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
- "r/sixers - [Keith Pompey] Ben Simmons' brother Liam will not join the Sixers staff or fly on the team plane". reddit. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
- Sidewater, Eric (15 November 2018). "How To Make Ben Simmons An Offensive Star". Liberty Ballers. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
- Sidewater, Eric (1 December 2018). "How Free Throws Pave Simmons' Path To Stardom". Liberty Ballers. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
- "r/sixers - "I have yet to see Ben Simmons hit a jumpshot." Well you must be new here. etc". reddit. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
- "r/nba - Ben Simmons, young players, & r/NBA". reddit. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
- Borzello, Jeff (14 October 2013). "Elite junior Ben Simmons chooses LSU over Duke, Kansas, others". CBSSports.com. Retrieved 24 November 2014.
- "Ben Simmons' cousin victim of fatal hit-and-run; had attended draft Thursday". ESPN.com. 26 June 2016. Retrieved 26 June 2016.
- Uluc, Olgun (1 November 2016). "Ben Simmons slams NCAA in new documentary, 'One and Done'". FoxSports.com.au. Retrieved 30 December 2016.
- Dunne, Erin (29 May 2018). "Looks like Ben Simmons is dating a new celeb". NBCSports.com. Retrieved 18 November 2018.