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Anfernee Simons
Anfernee Simons
Position: G
Born: 06/08/99
Height: 6-3 / 1.91
Weight:181 lbs. / 82.1 kg.
Salary: $2,149,560
The league spent $3.75 billion on player salaries this year, and a replacement-level player would command the veteran’s minimum of $1,618,520. Work backward and overall, a player who was 1 point per 100 possessions above replacement level (say, Landry Shamet or Langston Galloway) was worth $3,183 more than the minimum for every minute he played. Such a player playing 1,000 minutes over the course of the season was worth just less than $5 million. The most valuable player based on this was (duh) Giannis Antetokounmpo, whose production this year was worth $63.75 million in my methodology. I didn’t use negative values for players — the vast majority of the most terrible players are rookies or developmental players who are holding down roster spots for future purposes. For the curious, the two least valuable by this metric were both 20-year-old guards — Cleveland’s Darius Garland and Portland’s Anfernee Simons.
Lillard dug deep for a bit more, going on a personal 7-0 run to cut the lead back to three, but there was only so much one man could do. On the next possession, Kyrie Irving was able to hit a tough fadeaway jumper over Anfernee Simons to push the advantage back to five with 17.8 seconds to play. All that was left was Lillard making a three-pointer at the buzzer to set a new career and franchise bests in the losing effort. “I think we’re in position to win games and we’re in position in the third quarter, in the fourth quarter and you’ve got to be present mentally and physically,” said Lillard. “You’ve got to be willing to do a little bit more than the other team to win games. I think we compete, I think we are together, I think we’re trying to do all the right things, but that little bit of wanting it more than the other team and wanting it more doesn’t mean playing harder. It means being able to be sharp one more possession, being able to do your job when you’re tired and when you’re wearing down, being able to count on the next guy to do his job and trust him to do that so you do your job right.”
Another topic brought up was the recent GM survey which rated Lillard—with 41% of the vote—as the best leader in the NBA. When questioned about the leadership trait that he values most, Lillard provided a very telling response. “The trait I value the most is serving my teammates. Whether it’s me making sure C.J gets every opportunity to score or it’s me talking to Ant [Anfernee Simons] as often as possible to make sure he is as confident and as sure of himself on the floor as possible. Encouraging Zach [Collins]. To me, that’s the biggest one to me because I generally at my heart want my teammates to feel good about what they’re doing.” “I want them to feel confident and I want them to feel that they’re a part of it. I don’t ever want them to think that it’s about me because I’m the highest-paid or I make the All-Star games. I don’t ever want it to be like that so I take a lot of pride in making sure they know that I’m here for them.”
“His potential is crazy,” Lillard said. The next day, at the team’s exit interviews, Lillard said he sees himself in Simons. “His demeanor is what sold me,” Lillard said. “It kind of reminded me of myself a lot — just how in a room full of grown men in the locker room he was never uncomfortable. He was never — if everybody is one side, he’s not going to agree with everybody because he feels he has to. He stands on his own two feet.
Barring some moves, that likely leaves Simons and Evan Turner as backup ball handlers behind Lillard and McCollum. And at first blush, many believe Simons is ready to absorb the responsibility. “I think Anfernee is extremely, extremely talented,” Maurice Harkless said. “I think he is going to be a good player in this league for many years. I think given the opportunity to play, he will play well. I don’t know when that opportunity will come, whether it be this year or the next year, but I’ve seen him put in a ton of work and I’ve seen how talented he is in practice and open run, so I’m excited to see his growth over the summer.”
Portland thrived on a balanced attack and a deep roster stacked with current and former NBA-roster players, including rookies Anfernee Simons and Gary Trent Jr. and veterans Zach Collins, Caleb Swanigan, Wade Baldwin IV, Archie Goodwin, K.J. McDaniels and John Jenkins. “Every one of the guys on our team and something to prove,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts told The Crossover. “We had two rookies, we had Zach and Caleb who were rookies last year and needed to be in Summer League. Wade Baldwin and Jake Layman really hadn’t done much on the NBA stage. K.J. McDaniels and Archie Goodwin have bounced around. We had some experienced players but there wasn’t one guy who didn’t need to be in Summer League and show what they could do.”
Josh Robbins: Combo guard draft prospect Anfernee Simons said he has workouts upcoming with the Knicks, Cavaliers, Grizzlies and Bucks. He said he already has worked out for the Bulls, Suns, Trail Blazers, Lakers and Jazz. He worked out for the Magic today.
Ryan McDonald: Another pretty loaded workout for the Jazz tomorrow. Frazier, Okobo and Simons are likely all in play at 21. Alkins has potential. Okobo worked out for the Jazz last year but has seen his stock soar

Anfernee Simons, named by his parents after Penny Hardaway, worked out for the Lakers today and is eager to show teams that he is NBA-ready despite skipping one year of college for the IMG Prep Academy. The 6-4 guard averaged 22.4 points, 6.7 rebounds and shot 45% from 3 for the post-grad team and he turns 19 on June 8. Simons — who has worked out for Chicago, Phoenix and Portland and has visits scheduled with Utah, Orlando, the Knicks, Philadelphia and Milwaukee — said he made an impression on Lakers president Magic Johnson and GM Rob Pelinka. “They said you played really well and they were impressed by me coming in being so young and playing like I’m older than everybody else,” Simons said.
2 years ago via ESPN