Ben Simmons NBA fixtures: How to watch every match of his debut season

Ben Simmons dribblesBen Simmons was drafted to the Philadelphia 76ers as the no.1 pick ahead of the 2016-17 NBA season, but due to injury he failed to play a game. He is expected to return in the 2017-18 season for the 76ers. Here’s all the information you need to watch all of the Ben Simmons NBA action you could ever hope for.

Ben Simmons NBA schedule

The NBA schedule for the 2017-18 season is expected to be announced in August. We will have Simmons’ fixtures published here as soon as they do.

The 76ers, have endured a torrid past few seasons.

The 76ers haven’t made the playoffs since 2012, having traded away their best players under general manager Sam Hinkie, who was seeking to initiate a quick rebuild through the draft. However, despite winning a combined total of 47 games in the past three seasons (from 246 total matches), it wasn’t until Simmons was drafted that they were able to get their hands on a number one pick.

The 76ers now have a new GM, Bryan Colangelo, who’s intent on arresting Philadelphia’s downward spiral. As such, there’s plenty of expectation on the Melbourne-born forward, who has already wowed fans with his superb passing skills in the 2016 NBA Summer League.

Unfortunately for both Philadelphia and Simmons, the Aussie forward has suffered a major injury setback, breaking his foot during a pre-season training session. While early estimates put his recovery time at 3-4 months, there is now speculation that Simmons could miss the entire 2016-17 season.

Simmons was due to begin begin his NBA journey for good on October 27 (Australian time) when Philadelphia open their season at home against the Kevin Durant-less Oklahoma City Thunder. The match tips off at 11:00am (AEDT), and will be broadcast in Australia on ESPN through Foxtel.

There are a few other select 76ers games available to watch on pay TV; against the Cavaliers – where Simmons was pencilled in to go head-to-head with reigning Finals MVP LeBron James – (November 6, 10:00am), Timberwolves (November 18, midday), Celtics (December 4, 11:30am) and Lakers (December 17, midday).

While ESPN hasn’t released their broadcast schedule for the January-April part of the season, it’s clear that, if you want to watch most (or all) of Simmons’ games once he’s back on the court, Foxtel isn’t going to cut it.

There is an option available to have access to all 82 Philadelphia games this season; the NBA’s live streaming service, NBA League Pass. There are three different services available but, in short, a monthly subscription fee of $37.99 will allow you to watch every match in high definition.

If that’s a bit too steep for your taste, you can opt for the budget NBA TV package, which gives you up to ten games a week for $11.99 per month, while there is also a premium league pass option which comes in at $44.99 a month. For more info, head over to our NBA live streaming and TV guide page.

If you’re happy following along with live blogs and video highlights, The Roar is the place to be. We’ll be blogging plenty of Simmons’ games this season, and RoarTV is your place to go for all your Ben Simmons highlights.

Last updated: 24 May, 2017

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