Ben Simmons is an Australian professional basketball player for the Philadelphia 76ers of the NBA. He can play as a point guard / forward. His father, Dave played professional basketball in Australia for 13 seasons. During his childhood along with basketball, he also played Australian football and Rugby at various levels.
At the 2012 FIBA Under-17 World Championship, Ben helped his Austalia win the silver medal. In 2013, Simmons moved to the U.S. and attended Montverde Academy in Montverde, Florida. During his senior year at Montverde, he won Mr. Basketball USA, Morgan Wootten, Naismith Prep and the Gatorade National Player of the Year awards.
For college, Ben went to The Louisiana State University. Simmons won USBWA and SEC Freshman of the Year awards. He was drafted with the first pick by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2016 NBA draft. Due to a fracture of the fifth metatarsal bone of his right foot, he missed the entire 2016-17 season.
On 18 October 2017, Simmons made his NBA debut against the Washington Wizards. He won Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month four times during the season and recorded 12 Triple -Doubles. During Game 4 of round 1 against the Miami Heat, he became the fifth rookie with a triple-double in the playoffs. Simmons was awarded NBA Rookie of the Year for the 2017-18 season.