Ben Simmons has been playing much better basketball after a slow start to the season. Over his past five games, Simmons has been averaging 16.4 points, 7.2 rebounds, 6.4 assists, 1.4 steals, and 1.4 blocks per game while shooting 83.7% from the field.
The Brooklyn Nets star is beginning to look more like the player that earned a five-year, $177 million contract extension and less like the one who has inspired countless jokes over the past year and a half. Over the course of his career, Simmons has averaged 15.6 points, 8.0 rebounds, 7.6 assists, 1.7 steals and 0.7 blocks per game while shooting 56.2% from the field. Take a look at how Simmons' contract with the Nets compares to his previous contract with the Philadelphia 76ers.
Ben Simmons' Brooklyn Nets contract
Ben Simmons has been a member of the Brooklyn Nets since the trade deadline in February 2022, when he was acquired in the trade that sent James Harden to the Philadelphia 76ers. After missing the entire season in 2021-2022, Simmons finally made his Nets debut this season.
He is currently playing on a contract that he signed as a member of the 76ers, which pays him $35 million in 2022-2023. Simmons still has over $77 million due from the Brooklyn Nets over the next two seasons. While the contract looked to be one of the worst in the NBA following his slow start to the season, Simmons' rejuvenation of late has shown flashes of what the Nets can be if he is able to get back to his old self.
Watch Ben Simmons' highlights below:
Ben Simmons' Philadelphia 76ers contract
Ben Simmons' initial contract with the Philadelphia 76ers was his rookie scale deal, which was for four years and $26 million. Simmons then signed the aforementioned five-year, $177 million contract extension with the 76ers. In the first year of that deal, however, Simmons had the infamous moment where he passed up a dunk in the postseason, effectively ending his tenure in Philadelphia. During his four years with the 76ers, Simmons was named to three All-Star teams, two All-Defensive teams, and one All-NBA team while also winning the Rookie of the Year award.
Despite not playing last season, Simmons still collected $33 million from the 76ers and Nets. While he will have made more money with Brooklyn than Philadelphia by the time his contract expires, his career earnings will all be a result of contracts signed with the 76ers.
Watch Simmons' best career assists below: