Anfernee Simons
Anfernee Simons
20-Year-Old GuardG
Portland Trail Blazers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Simons' rookie season in 2018-19 season was pretty uneventful, as he was buried on the bench behind star guards Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum in addition to Evan Turner, who commonly operated as the team's backup point guard. He did, however, get extended minutes in the final game of the regular season when Portland rested most of its key players and gave Simons a starting nod. In that game, Simons put on an incredible performance, recording 37 points, six rebounds and nine assists in 48 minutes. He shot 7-of-11 from behind the arc and 13-of-21 from the field overall in that time. Now, with Turner being dealt to Atlanta this offseason and Simons having a year of NBA experience under his belt, the Trail Blazers appear to believe Simons is ready for a consistent role in the team's rotation. That role will likely still be fairly limited, as star point guard Damian Lillard rarely misses games and has consistently played over 35 minutes per game over the course of his career. But with Portland seemingly all-in on Simons as their primary backup to Lillard, the second-year player could carry some value in deeper leagues. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $3.99 million contract with the Trail Blazers in July of 2018. Trail Blazers exercised $2.25 million team option for 2020-21 in September of 2019.
Personal Bio

Anfernee Tyrik Simons, son of Charles and Tameka, was born in 1999 in Longwood, Florida. Named after NBA superstar Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway, Simons graduated from Edgewater High School in 2017 after transferring from Montverde Academy, where he starred as a junior. From Edgewater, he attended IMG Academy and represented the US on the Men's National Under-19 team. After originally committing to play college ball at Louisville, Simons reopened his recruiting period after a coaching change and later declared for the Draft immediately after his post-graduate year at IMG. In doing so, he became the first American drafted out of high school since the league began implementing age restriction policies in 2005. You can follow Simons on Twitter @AnferneeSimons and on Instagram @antsimons. He also runs and maintains a website, theaferneesimons.com, which provides updates on his charity partnerships and sells custom merchandise.

College/International Summary

Prior to becoming Portland's first-round draft choice in 2018, Anfernee Simons was selected as the 2017 Florida Class 7A Player of the Year at Edgewater High School in Orlando after appearing in 20 games and posting averages of 23.8 points, 7.2 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.8 steals, and 0.5 blocks during his senior season. He then reclassified to the Class of 2018, delaying his college decision for another year. Simons spent a postgraduate year at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida after collecting his high school diploma. Ultimately, he bypassed scholarship offers from top programs across the nation and instead chose to enter the Draft.

Good to go Monday
GPortland Trail Blazers
March 2, 2020
Simons (ankle) will play Monday against the Magic, Casey Holdahl of the Trail Blazers' official site reports.
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As expected, Simons is good to go Monday after getting through warmups with no issues. Over his last five games, he's averaging 7.6 points, 1.6 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.0 steal in 20.8 minutes. With Damian Lillard (groin) expected back Wednesday, Simons could see his role diminish following Monday's tilt.
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After being selected by the Trail Blazers with the 24th overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, Simons appeared in 20 NBA games and four G-League contests as a rookie. At the NBA level, Simons averaged 3.8 points per game and shot 44.4 percent from the field, including 34.5 percent from three. In the G-League, the 19-year-old scored 17.8 points in just 22.8 minutes per contest. Simons played sparingly for the Trail Blazers, but he logged a full 48 minutes in the final game of the regular season on April 10 against Sacramento. In that game, Simons went for a career-high 37 points on 13-of-21 shooting. He hit seven of 11 three-point attempts and added nine assists, six rebounds and one steal.

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Transaction History
  • June 21, 2018
    Drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 1st round (24th pick) of the 2018 NBA Draft.
  • July 2, 2018
    Signed a multi-year rookie contract with the Portland Trail Blazers
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2018 Fantasy Outlook
Simons was nabbed by the Trail Blazers with the 24th overall pick this past June, with the 19-year-old making the leap directly from Florida’s IMG Academy to the pro game. Simons looked impressive in Las Vegas Summer League play, averaging 11.0 points (on 43.0 percent shooting), 3.2 rebounds and 1.0 steal across 20.0 minutes over six games. Simons projects as capable of playing both guard spots at the NBA level and boasts a 6-foot-9 wingspan, but there doesn't appear to be much opportunity for him in the Trail Blazers’ backcourt this coming season. Consequently, a year of seasoning at the G-League level likely awaits, although a combination of accelerated development and injuries at the NBA level could potentially see him make his NBA regular-season debut at some point in the coming season.
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Listed as probable
GPortland Trail Blazers
Ankle
March 2, 2020
Simons (ankle) is probable for Monday's game against the Magic.
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Will be game-time decision
GPortland Trail Blazers
Ankle
March 2, 2020
Simons (ankle) said that his status for Monday's game against Orlando will hinge on his ability to go through pregame warmups, Jamie Hudson of NBC Sports Northwest reports.
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Participates in shootaround
GPortland Trail Blazers
Ankle
March 2, 2020
Simons (ankle) was able to participate in shootaround ahead of Monday's tilt with Orlando, Jamie Hudson of NBC Sports Northwest reports.
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Questionable for Monday
GPortland Trail Blazers
Ankle
March 1, 2020
Simons (ankle) is listed as questionable for Monday's game against the Magic, Jamie Goldberg of The Oregonian reports.
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Exits with ankle sprain
GPortland Trail Blazers
Ankle
February 29, 2020
Simons won't return to Saturday's game in Atlanta after suffering a left ankle sprain, Casey Holdahl of the Trail Blazers' official site reports.
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