Reports have circulated that the Philadelphia 76ers have informed Simmons that they will take him with the first pick in the NBA Draft according to ESPN's Brian Windhorst, but how deserving is Simmons?
The former Montverde Academy (Fla.) product had an incredible season for the LSU Tigers, averaging a double-double with 19 points, 11 rebounds, tallying 4.0 assists along to the stat pad. The 6-foot-10 forward has tremendous upside, with his speed and his ability to rebound the ball. One thing that really sticks out about Ben Simmons is how good of a passer he is at his size. Not only can he dish the ball, but his ability to finish at the rim should have the 76ers salivating, as Simmons could help provide a spark for the worst team in the league.
Simmons does have a few flaws in his game, as he tends to show laziness on both ends of the floor. While in Baton Rouge, he also showed his ability to not win games on a consistent basis on the college level, as the Tigers finished with an underwhelming 19-14 record. One flaw that sticks out with Simmons game is that he is not a great defender, as he tends to avoid contact when the offender is attempting a shot right in front of his face.
A lot of analysts and teams would be thankful to have a talent like Simmons on their NBA roster, but are there better options for the Philadelphia 76ers?
Others seem to think that Duke's Brandon Ingram is the better prospect in this draft and should ultimately go number one in the 2016 draft, but it seems that the 76ers are fully committed to the talented Australian.
Only time will tell if Ben Simmons could be a star in the NBA, or if he will add to the leagues history of number one overall draft busts.