Trail Blazers rookie Anfernee Simons has appeared in five games to start to the the 2018-19 season. Due to his lack of exposure, Bleacher Report’s Jonathan Wasserman gave Simons a wait-and-see grade in his recent evaluations of 2018 first-round picks.
Any contributions this season from Anfernee Simons should be considered a bonus. The Portland Trail Blazers drafted him straight out of high school (fifth-year graduate), presumably seeing long-term potential tied to his athleticism and scoring ability.
He’s mostly watched from the bench the last two months since Portland doesn’t have a G League affiliate.
Simons was selected by the Blazers with the No. 24 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. After a season in IMG Academy’s post-grad program, Simons decided to take a non-traditional path to the professional ranks.
Outside of Damian Lillard, coach Terry Stotts has a history of limiting the action of rookie guards in his rotations. Despite a limited amount of regular season exposure, Simons has shown that he can create space off the dribble.