Simmons scored 21 points (9-17 FG, 1-2 3PT, 2-2 FT) to go along with four rebounds and one block over 34 minutes in Friday's 103-89 loss to Denver.
For the fifth consecutive game, Simmons scored at least 15 points. Over this span, the Orlando guard is averaging a solid 17.0 points. Since being named to the starting lineup, Simmons is averaging 16.0 points in seven starts. Overall, Simmons is having a career year, averaging 14.5 points compared to his high of 6.2 points set a year ago. While he is a consistent scorer, injuries to Aaron Gordon (concussion) and Evan Fournier (ankle) may benefit Simmons even greater in the short term.
Simmons produced six points (2-3 FG, 2-3 FT) and two assists across 33 minutes during a 121-108 win over the Thunder on Wednesday.
Simmons received another start but didn't do much at all across 33 minutes. He took a back seat to Aaron Gordon, who exploded for 40 points on 23 field goal attempts. As a starter, Simmons should be able to fairly consistently produce points, but he doesn't usually provide many supporting stats.
With the Magic in freefall mode following a ninth consecutive loss to the Pacers on Monday, Vogel indicated he will evaluate his lineups from "game to game," but it appears any adjustments he makes won't impact Simmons, who has earned his spot on the top unit over Terrence Ross through his recent performance. Simmons submitted his second-best scoring output (21 points) of the season Monday and is averaging 14.1 points (on 47 percent shooting from the field), 2.6 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 0.9 three-pointers in 24.8 minutes per game over his last 12 outings. His playing time should pick up from that level now that he's locked into a starting role.
Simmons finished with 21 points (6-14 FG, 4-9 3Pt, 5-6 FT), three rebounds, and one assist in 34 minutes during Monday's 121-109 loss to the Pacers.
Making his second start of the campaign, Simmons paced the team in scoring while earning a season high minute total. He also outplayed former starter Terrence Ross, who scored seven points on three-for-11 from the field in 25 minutes off the bench. Simmons had been outshining Ross on an almost nightly basis, so the rotation shakeup shouldn't have come as a huge surprise, especially given Orlando's long losing streak.
Simmons will start Monday's game against the Pacers, John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com reports.
With the Magic in the midst of an eight-game slide, coach Frank Vogel will mix things up on the wing, going with the more defensive-oriented Simmons over Terrence Ross. Simmons is coming off of back-to-back strong performances, scoring 14 points against the Celtics on Friday and 13 points in Philadelphia on Saturday. Simmons' move into the starting lineup could be met with a slight increase in minutes.
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