Ben Simmons' stunning response to $26 million pay rise

Andrew Reid
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Ben Simmons is pictured here about to take a free throw for Philadelphia.
Ben Simmons was rewarded for a successful year individually with the 76ers. Pic: AAP

Ben Simmons has just been given a massive financial boost after being named one of the top-15 players in the NBA this season.

Still getting over the disappointment of Philadelphia's early NBA Playoffs exit, the Aussie superstar can console himself with the fact he has earned his first All-NBA honour.

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Simmons was selected in the NBA's All Third Team, meaning he has satisfied a prerequisite for a massive new contract bonus.

The 24-year-old signed a supertax extension with the 76ers last year that included performance-related bonuses if he earned All-NBA selection.

It means Simmons' deal is now reportedly worth more than $243 million over the next five years, representing a pay rise of around $26 million.

Not that you would know it judging by the Aussie's social media activity.

Rather than celebrate his lucrative new status, Simmons captioned an Instagram story of him working out, with the words: "No vacation, don’t deserve it".

Philadelphia’s disappointing Playoffs exit has clearly left Simmons seething and the Aussie is busy hitting the gym in an effort to rectify things for next season.

Ben Simmons is seen on the right hitting the gym after the 76ers' Playoffs exit.
Ben Simmons is still busy training despite Philadelphia's NBA Playoffs exit. Pic: AAP/Instagram

The stunning response to his latest individual achievement shows the winning mentality that Simmons will be looking to instil on the 76ers during their next campaign.

Simmons' All-NBA honour capped off a successful season for the 24-year-old personally, after he was also named in the All-NBA First Defensive Team alongside Giannis Antetokounmpo, Anthony Davis, Rudy Gobert and Marcus Smart.

James sets more NBA records

LeBron James added even more NBA records to his impressive resume after securing All-NBA honours for an unprecedented 16th time.

James and presumptive MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo led the way as unanimous selections on the first team, where they were joined by Luka Doncic, James Harden and Anthony Davis, giving the Lakers two first-team selections.

Los Angeles star James was previously tied with Tim Duncan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Kobe Bryant with 15 All-NBA selections.

James' 13th first-team selection is also an NBA record.

Doncic’s selection is his first. He joins James, Kevin Durant, Tim Duncan, Rick Barry and Max Zaslofsky as the only players to earn first-team honours at 21 years old.

All-NBA First Team: Luka Doncic, James Harden, LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Anthony Davis

All-NBA Second Team: Chris Paul, Damien Lillard, Kawhi Leonard, Pascal Siakam and Nikola Jokic

All NBA Third Team: Ben Simmons, Russell Westbrook, Jimmy Butler, Jayson Tatum and Rudy Gobert