Who is Olivia Simmons?
Olivia Simmons was born on 17 December 1991, in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, and is a former college basketball player as well as a mental health worker, but probably best known for being the sister of professional basketball player Ben Simmons. Her brother plays in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the team, the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Wealth of Olivia Simmons
Olivia’s net worth is over $100,000, though she probably benefits from a bit of the wealth from her brother Ben, as he has a net worth estimated to be over $75 million. He recently signed a high valued contract extension with the 76ers.
Early Life, Family, and Basketball
Olivia grew up with a sibling and four half-siblings – all of them grew close to each other as they lived under one roof. Her half-siblings were from her mother’s first marriage, and despite having different biological fathers, they were raised as if all of them were the couple’s children. She grew very close to her father who, during his youth, played college basketball for the Oklahoma City University. He would later become a part of the Australia National Basketball League (NBL) in 1989, playing for the Melbourne Tigers.
She was inspired by her father’s achievements, and attended Box Hill Senior Secondary College (BHSSC) for three years, playing for the school’s basketball team. BHSSC is known for its development of athletes, having academies in football, tennis, netball and basketball.
After matriculating, she enrolled at Arizona State University, and also played for the school’s basketball team, the Arizona State Sun Devils, which is one of the most successful teams in the NCAA, with 59 Pac-12 championships and 24 NCAA championships. Arizona State is known for having very active student-led organizations.
Checks over stripes that’s what I like…. pic.twitter.com/q5GxrGV1AC
— Liv Alice (@livvalice) November 28, 2019
Brother – Ben Simmons
Ben fell in love with basketball and began playing the sport at the age of seven, thanks to the influence of his father. He also played rugby, and joined the team called the Know Raiders when he was 10 years old. He attended Whitefriars College and during his time there, helped the team win a championship, leading him to be named MVP. During this time, he was torn between his love of Australian Rules football and basketball, but chose to focus on the latter.
He then attended Box Hill Senior Secondary College, the same school as his sister, and this led to a scholarship to the Australian Institute of Sport. At the age of 15, he was chosen for the Australian team for the 2012 FIBA Under-17 World Championship, where they would win the silver medal. The following year, he decided to move to the US to compete with those of similar size and athleticism. He showcased his skills while with Montverde Academy, and after matriculating, joined Louisiana State University (LSU) playing for the Tigers basketball team.
College Career and NBA
During his freshman year in LSU, he started making an impact, leading the team to a 3-0 start. He also recorded 43 points in a game against North Florida, the most of any player from LSU since Shaquille O’Neal. He became a part of the watch list for the Naismith Trophy during the season, and although LSU didn’t fare well for the rest of the season, he lined up for numerous awards and achievements. LSU played in the 2016 SEC Tournament, reaching the semi-finals before being defeated by Texas A&M. After the season, Ben declared for the 2016 NBA Draft.
He was selectted as the first overall pick by the Philadelphia 76ers, despite never playing in an NCAA Tournament. He was given praise thanks to his passing ability despite his size, but was ruled out of the season after suffering a foot fracture. He returned the following year with consistently strong performances, disproving doubts about his ability. He helped the team reach the play-offs, recording a triple-double and leading the team to the second round after defeating the Miami Heat, but then lost to the Boston Celtics.
He worked harder on his shooting with his brother the following season, and continued to perform well, helping the 76ers reach the play-offs once more.
Olivia has a child from a previous relationship but has not divulged any information about the father. Since then, things have been quiet regarding this aspect of her life. In the middle of 2019, Kendall Jenner posted a tweet debasing rumors that she was romantically involved with five different NBA players, stating that she only dated two.
She had previously been romantically linked to Olivia’s brother Ben and the post irritated her, causing her to lash out on social media. While she did not name Jenner directly, she condemned her actions, stating that she was going around the entire league and accused her of being a whore. Jenner’s fans quickly came to defend her but Olivia also defended herself by stating that she wasn’t naming anyone. She also threatened those going against her that she had personal details that she could share. The information may be due to her close connection to her brother.