Friday, 23 August, 2019

Ben Simmons is now the highest paid Australian athlete ever

REPORT Former LSU basketball star Ben Simmons signs max contract extension with 76ers REPORT Former LSU basketball star Ben Simmons signs max contract extension with 76ers Ben Simmons
Shannon Reynolds | 16 July, 2019, 15:37

The deal is the biggest signed by an Australian athlete and it will make him the highest earner from his country in the National Basketball Association when he overtakes veteran center Andrew Bogut.

Simmons, 22, was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Few players possess his innate passing ability, and Simmons attacks the rim with a rare combination of size, strength and athleticism - all of which also makes him a versatile defensive weapon. After initially opening up talks on the first day of free agency, the Philadelphia 76ers have officially signed Ben Simmons to a brand new five-year, max contract.

Simmons, 23, will receive a nice steady increase in his pay once the extension kicks in, in 2020-21. It's fair to wonder if Donovan Mitchell (88), who finished runner-up to Simmons for Rookie of the Year in 2017-18, should be ahead of Simmons.

At 6.2%, China Q2 GDP growth slows to 27-year low
This is as the country continues to tackle the trade negotiations with the largest economy in the world, the United States (US). The growth data for China was the weakest since the first quarter of 2009, in the aftermath of the global financial crisis.

Amusement Park Ride Crash Kills 2, Injures 26
Reports also said the ride was near maximum capacity with 31 people on board at the time of the incident. The victims were identified as Manali Rajvadi, 24, and Mohammed Zaid Momin, 22.

China's GDP Growth Dips to 6.2% in Second Quarter
China's 1.3 billion consumers have continued to buoy the economy with retail sales up 9.8% on-year in June, up from 8.6% in May. The trade war with the U.S. has hit demand for China's goods, compounding slowing demand from the rest of the world.

By the end of his second season, Simmons has already won Rookie of the Year and has been named to the All-Rookie first team and this past season an All-Star.

He shot just 20.9-percent from mid-range last season.

It's the maximum contract that the Sixers could have possibly offered Simmons as he is still on his rookie deal. The 22-year old All-Star averaged 16.9 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 7.7 assists in 2018-19. "I think the one thing I got a lot better at this season was leadership". The Sixers have time before they need to worry about the possibility of re-signing Richardson, but for at least the next two seasons, their starting lineup appears set. "His jump shot is looking really good and he has the confidence to shoot".

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