“The next LeBron James.” “Passes like Magic Johnson.” “Scores like Kevin Durant.” These are just some comparisons LSU freshman Ben Simmons receives when people see how he plays the game of basketball. Recent SEC Freshman of the Year award winner Ben Simmons has been hyped since his days in high school. He was a clear lock for 1st overall pick in this upcoming NBA Draft going into his freshman year of college. With averages of 19.6 points, 11.9 rebounds, and 5 assists, he lived up to his hype.
He could be the next superstar coming out of college into the NBA, no doubt about it. He played extremely well in college for a freshman, but so did other players. You have to wonder if Simmons really is a lock as the first overall pick as of right now.
Although Simmons had a beast year stats-wise, LSU went 18-13 this season and won’t be in the NCAA Tournament this year. If Ben Simmons goes into the draft he’d be ranked up against guys that would have more competitive experience than Simmons.
Brandon Ingram has stats of 16.7 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 1.9 assists and is just one player that could take Simmons’ place as the first overall pick. His stats are significantly less than Simmons I know, but Ingram has one thing under his belt that Simmons doesn’t, a trip to the NCAA Tournament.
Guys like Buddy Hield or Kris Dunn could be low key guys that slip into the top spots of this year’s draft. Especially seeing how they perform in the tournament this year if their teams make it, their stock can only rise.
I feel this draft can be one that people will be surprised where certain college players end up. Other than Simmons, I don’t feel there’s a real lock of where players will end up going in the draft. It all depends on what team gets what pick in my opinion. If a team like the Minnesota Timberwolves gets the 1st overall pick, they potentially could take Kris Dunn over Simmons since they’ve been looking to replace Ricky Rubio as of late and already have Andrew Wiggins. But if the Los Angeles Lakers get the 1st pick, they could get Simmons or Ingram since they already have their point guard of the future in D’Angelo Russell. It’ll all depend on what pick teams will be choosing from.
With Simmons’ beast averages and all the hype surrounding him, there’s very little chance that he doesn’t go first overall in the NBA Draft. His potential is way too high to be passed up on in my opinion, no matter what team is choosing first. But even with all of this, you have to keep your eye out for guys that could take his spot as the top pick in the draft. It’ll be interesting to see what happens once the NCAA Tournament ends and summertime rolls around.