Now that the 76ers have locked down Ben Simmons with a new contract extension to keep him in Philadelphia for the upcoming six seasons, the next step is for Simmons to up hold his end of the deal.  After being awarded the 2017-18 NBA Rookie of the Year Award, Ben Simmons continued to make a major impact on the league in his second season in which he was selected to his first NBA All-Star game.  Last season, Simmons was Eighth in the NBA in Steals Per Game (1.7), Third in Total Assists (610), and he finished with the Ninth Most Minutes Played in the league (2,700).

Yahoo Sports NBA Contributor Keith Smith joined The Sports Bash on Wednesday discussing Ben Simmons' new contract extension and what it means for the Sixers that he will not spend his summer playing for the Australian National Team:

"It's just a sign of how committed (Simmons) is to the 76ers and especially this upcoming season, he wants to give them everything he can, which is obviously great for Philly....(Sixers) did the right thing with the contract (extension), they set that thing up really smartly with the little tiers based on what level of All-NBA he could make to jump the contract up (financially) overall. - That (15 Percent Trade Kicker) is great for him, no Player Option at the end (of the deal) is great for Philadelphia; If nothing else, even if this all blows up and it does not work, now you have a great trade-able asset because he is locked in on a great contract for the next six years."

Hear what Smith had to say about the Sixers standing in the Eastern Conference, Chris Paul's future, and more NBA

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