Ben Simmons has proven to be one of the most versatile players in the game, despite his inability to knock down the 3-pointer. And while that's a vital component of the current landscape of the NBA, he's still found ways to become a star in the league.
His hard work is soon to be rewarded, as per reports from Zach Lowe, Simmons could receive a max extension from the Sixers when free agency gets underway.
Simmons would qualify for a max deal worth $168 million over five seasons, an average annual value of $33.6 million.
Philly clearly wants to commit to both Simmons and Joel Embiid as the cornerstones of the franchise, and locking down the 22-year-old star to a five-year deal would be a great start at doing just that.
Simmons is coming off a season that saw him qualify for his first All-Star game, averaging 16.9 points, 8.8 rebounds, 7.7 assists and knocking down 56.3% of his field goal attempts.
Sixers fans shouldn't be surprised by this move, as he's proven to be a star caliber player in the league, and if he can develop his jump shot over the next few seasons, the sky would truly be the limit for how far his talent can take him.
He's also proven to be durable, despite sitting out his rookie season. Since then, he has played in 160-of-164 regular season games, averaging 34 minutes per game.