Portland Trail Blazers guard Anfernee Simons given 2nd team Summer League.
The future seems brighter every day for Young Ant.
Before exiting with an ankle injury against the Utah Jazz, Simons was giving out buckets left and right in Las Vegas. Over three games, Simons averaged 22.0 points per game while shooting 56% from the field.
The Blazers are expecting big things out of the second year guard from IMG Academy. Although he did not contribute much as a rookie, he used the year to develop his lanky frame for the league, adding strength to be able to deal with infamous NBA physicality.
According to both GM Neil Olshey and coach Terry Stotts, Simons is expected to see a major role next year. With much of their backcourt in the second unit gone from last year, Simons is the prime candidate to take over the backup guard minutes.
Simons showed his ability, both in Summer League (as well as his limited action during his rookie season) to score the ball in a plethora of ways. He displayed a package that rivals some high level scorers. He needs to improve his distribution skills and defensive awareness/feel, but the hope is there for Simons to become a positive contributor for a Portland team hoping to make some noise in the playoffs next year.
Hopefully, this Summer League was just a precursor for things to come in the future for the young guard.