On June 23, 2016, the journey from a 7-year-old kid shooting baskets in Australia to becoming the first pick in the NBA Draft was completed for Simmons. The Sixers made him their first No. 1 pick since choosing Georgetown guard and 2016 Naismith Hall of Fame inductee Allen Iverson with the top selection 20 years previous. Simmons joined Shaquille O’Neal as the only LSU players to be drafted first overall. The immensely talented forward with the great handle joins a Sixers team young and hungry for a return to greatness.
- The first autographed authentic basketball to be signed by Simmons as a professional athlete.
- Simmons has signed this authentic Spalding basketball with a unique No. 1 Overall Pick logo emblazoned on the ball in silver paint pen.
- His signature is deemed authentic by virtue of Upper Deck Authenticated’s Five Step Process.
Upper Deck Authenticated®
Autograph forgeries make victims out of unsuspecting fans. In 1992, Upper Deck Authenticated® became the first company to find an answer to the forgery problem by creating an airtight five-step authentication process that assures fans are getting genuine autographs. Today the company has autograph relationships with many of the game's biggest stars and produces some of the finest sports memorabilia in the North American market, and Official Memorabilia is proud to extend access to Australia’s astute and discerning memorabilia community.