And according to Philadelphia 76ers forward Tobias Harris, Simmons is actually making progress. If he does add an outside shot to his game, then he could easily be one of the best players in the whole National Basketball Association. The Sixers have reached the Eastern Conference semifinals in each of his first two seasons. By setting up the contracts in this fashion, it could lead to success on a yearly basis, assuming the new-look group is able to mesh and thrive while playing together.
Ben Simmons just got paid.
The sides had until mid-October to finalize the extension of Simmons' rookie contract. After locking up Embiid, the attention has now been turned to Simmons.
Entering the final year of his rookie contract, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 National Basketball Association draft became eligible for the five-year, $170 million contract extension this summer. He has averaged 16.4 points, 8.5 rebounds and 7.9 assists in his two seasons.
It was Paul who shocked Australian sports fans on the weekend when he told ESPN that Simmons was "doubtful" to play for Australia at the World Cup in August and September. "Simmons is more likely now to spend his full offseason preparing only for the Sixers season - free of national team responsibilities", Wojnarowski wrote.
But he missed all 11 3-point attempts his rookie season and was 0 for 6 last season, a combination of an awkward shooting form and a hesitancy to keep shooting shots he can't make. He's made big improvements on his game.
The Sixers will have one of the most-expensive teams in National Basketball Association history moving forward, with Simmons, Joel Embiid, Tobias Harris and Al Horford all on big nine-figure contracts. Harris said that people were trying to figure out why he was guarding Simmons against the three-point line.
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