In both modes, Simmons has playmaking ratings high enough to bring up the ball and create for his teammates.
Last season Simmons played 81 games, two play-off series and finished fifth in the NBA in assists with 8.2 per game, one place above celebrated point guard Chris Paul and other stars like Damian Lillard, Ricky Rubio and Kyrie Irving.
Simmons spoke with Fairfax Media from Philadelphia on Thursday announcing himself as the “Fresh Prince” when entering his name for the phone interview.
In his junior years, his dad Dave Simmons, a championship-winning NBL import, always pushed to have Ben trained and played as a guard, even when he was the tallest player on his team. Ben has no doubt what his position is.
“I’m also not worried about what people are saying; fans, media, whoever. At the end of the day this is what I do best and I shouldn’t have to listen to fans or whatever the case is.”
As for NBA 2K’s positioning, Simmons quipped he would be making a call while also praising the game and his “surreal” place as a cover athlete.
“I have no idea. I have to fix that, I’ll make the call tonight,” Simmons joked.
Simmons has bigger things to ponder. The Sixers will start as one of the NBA’s darling sides with Simmons and all-star centre Joel Embiid the faces of coach Brett Brown’s team, and leaders alongside veterans like JJ Redick and TJ McConnell.
“My expectation is to come in as one of the leaders even though I’m one of the youngest guys,” Simmons said.
“I also know that I can be on the leaders just in how I carry myself, what I do in the gym and being the first one there and working the hardest. It’s little things like that that I try and do to let everybody know that I want to be one of the guys that’s looked at as being one of the best.”
After he missed the 2016-17 season due to a foot injury, expectations weren’t super high for Simmons as he entered last season.
But he never bought into that. Now he plans to go even higher and has been working constantly on his shooting in all areas and his finishing around the rim.
Counter moves have also been a big part of his summer as teams will have scouted his favourite moves and be taking them away.
“I’ve just been working every day on counters. Whatever I need to really work on, I’ll have a counter for everything,” Simmons said.