The former top overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft out of LSU made an immediate impact in the league, despite missing his first season due to injury. He came back in the 2017-2018 season to win the Rookie of the Year Award, helping the Sixers "Trust The Process" all the way back to the playoffs. They returned there again this past season, but fell to the Toronto Raptors in the second round on Kawhi Leonard's Game-7 buzzer-beater at Scotiabank Arena.
Philadelphia has easily shown the entire league who they are relying on, as Simmons joins a group of four stars that are locked in with the team. Embiid is signed for five years and $150 million, while Tobias Harris also re-signed for five years and $180 million, and Al Horford left the Boston Celtics to join the party for four years and $109 million.
The 22-year-old makes this deal official just five days before he turns 23 on Saturday, as he is coming off yet another productive season. In 2018-2019, he finished at 16.9 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 7.7 assists per game. Those numbers come after posting 15.2 points, 8.2 assists, and 8.2 rebounds per contest en route to the Rookie of the Year honors. In his two years with the Sixers, he is at 16.9 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 7.7 assists, while still on the climb to greatness in the City of Brotherly Love.