Ben Simmons

Ben Simmons

Basketball Player

Benjamin David Simmons is an Australian professional basketball player for the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association. He played college basketball for one season with the LSU Tigers, after which he was named a consensus first-team All-American and the USBWA National Freshman of the Year.

Full Name
Jul 20, 1996
6′ 10″
Net Worth


Ben Simmons was born in Melbourne, Australia on July 20, 1996. He grew up playing several sports including basketball, soccer, and Australian rules football. He attended Box Hill Senior Secondary College and then moved to Montverde Academy in Florida to pursue a career in basketball. 

Simmons was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers as the first overall pick in the 2016 N.B.A. draft. During his rookie year, he became the third player since 1975–76 to average at least 15 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists per game during a season and was named N.B.A. Rookie of the Year for the 2016–17 season. He continued this success in the 2017–18 season when he was named an All-Star for the first time and also led all rookies with 12 triple-doubles, tied for ninth among all players during that same season. 

In 2019, Simmons was voted as an All-Star starter by fans for the second consecutive year and became only the fifth player in franchise history to be named an All-Star starter multiple times. In 2020, Simmons averaged 16.4 points per game while maintaining his defensive intensity and earned his second All-Defensive Team selection as well as being voted onto his third straight All-Star team by fans and coaches alike. 

At only 24 years old, Ben Simmons has already achieved numerous accolades throughout his career, making him one of the most promising young stars in today's N.B.A..

Life Timeline

<div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1996</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Ben Simmons is Born</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">On July 20, 1996, Ben Simmons was born in Melbourne, Australia.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2013</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Moves to the United States</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Moves to the United States to attend Montverde Academy in Florida.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2015</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Commits to Louisiana State University</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Simmons commits to play college basketball at Louisiana State University.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2016</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Named SEC Player of the Year</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Named the Southeastern Conference Player of the Year and a consensus First Team All American.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2016</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Selected 1st Overall in NBA Draft</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Selected first overall in the 2016 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2018</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Named NBA Rookie of the Year</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Named the NBA Rookie of the Year after averaging 15.8 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 8.2 assists per game.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2020</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Leads 76ers to Eastern Conference Semifinals</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Leads the 76ers to the Eastern Conference Semifinals before falling to the eventual champion Toronto Raptors.</p></div>

Why We Love Them

<div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">A.</span> He's an Amazing Athlete</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Ben Simmons is an incredible athlete, having won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award in 2017 and also being named to the All-Star team in 2018. He is also a versatile player, who can handle the ball, shoot from long range and make spectacular plays.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">B.</span> He's a Great Team Player</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Ben Simmons is a great team player. He values his teammates and always looks to get them involved in the game. He has been known to put his own personal stats aside to help his team win games.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">C.</span> He's Humble and Down to Earth</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Ben Simmons is humble and down to earth despite all of his accomplishments. He has a great attitude and takes time to engage with fans on social media, making him even more beloved by basketball fans around the world.</p></div>

Interesting Facts

<div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">1.</span> Youngest Player to be Named Rookie of the Year</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Ben Simmons became the youngest player in NBA history to win the Rookie of the Year Award when he was just 21 years old in 2017.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">2.</span> Dual Citizen of Australia and US</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Ben Simmons is a dual citizen of Australia and the United States, having been born in Melbourne, Australia and later becoming an American citizen in 2019.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">3.</span> First Player to Record Triple Double in Debut Season</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">During his rookie season, Ben Simmons became the first player in NBA history to record a triple double in his debut season.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">4.</span> Was Not Selected for the 2016 Olympics</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Despite being widely regarded as one of the best young basketball players in the world, Ben Simmons was not selected for Australia’s Olympic team in 2016.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">5.</span> Posted a Perfect Game</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">In 2018, Ben Simmons posted a perfect game where he scored 33 points, 15 rebounds, 8 assists, 5 steals, and no turnovers. This made him the first player since Michael Jordan to achieve this feat.</p></div>


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