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Old 08-26-2014, 01:48 AM   #1
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Default Thoughts on Ben Simmons?

https://youtube.com/watch?v=3sgMeomzy-s

I feel like if some mad scientist took Boris Diaw and made him a more athletic version of his body and aged him down to 14 years old the result would be what Ben Simmons was 3 years ago. Still has the same basketball iq and mental poise and a few more years added on to developing other areas of his game before college.

I don't think Ben's ceiling can match Wiggins Jabari or AG but at the very very worst he still would be a more than capable NBA player. I know too little about LSU's program to state what kind of fit it will be but i think Simmons' is mentally ahead of his peers and just needs a year of banging with college bodies rather than being coached and molded.



On a side note it goes to show you just how deep the Nike EYBL team when Each1Teach1

- defending Peach Jam champs with loads of experience
- has the consensus #1 player in the country in Ben Simmons
- has the 7'6 Tacko Fall
- has a top 3 pure scorer in the country in Antonio Blakeney
- Rest of team filled with freakishly athletic wings and posts or high iq sharpshooting guards all going D1

Don't even make final 4 of Peach Jam this summer.
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Old 08-27-2014, 10:41 PM   #2
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Default Re: Thoughts on Ben Simmons?

Should have been on Australia's team for the tournament.
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Old 03-31-2015, 03:02 PM   #3
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Default Re: Thoughts on Ben Simmons?

Watching him play reminds me a bit of LeBron. He doesn't have the body, but a very similar skill-set. Tall, good handle, good vision, ability to finish at the rim.
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Default Re: Thoughts on Ben Simmons?

So maybe Oscar?
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Old 04-02-2015, 05:36 AM   #5
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Default Re: Thoughts on Ben Simmons?

i hope he is not another anthony randolph ... i want him to be an sf version of brandoy roy that's how i see his game right now.
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Old 04-02-2015, 08:54 AM   #6
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Default Re: Thoughts on Ben Simmons?

I like him, but don't love him. He lacks the super top end physical specs I expect out of the true top top level prospects. And the skill that can compensate for that is usually either elite level shooting or ball handling, and while he's a very good ball handler for his size, he doesn't seem to be elite at either. He'll play and be a very good pro, because he does do so many things well, and he does seem to have a natural feel for the game, but he's not a guy that I think will completely change the fortunes of a franchise. Even Jabari Parker, who I thought had some upside limitations as a prospect, I like better than Simmons, because of his general scoring chops and more natural size.

The more athletic Diaw comp is a solid call I think.
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Old 04-02-2015, 11:23 AM   #7
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Default Re: Thoughts on Ben Simmons?

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I like him, but don't love him. He lacks the super top end physical specs I expect out of the true top top level prospects. And the skill that can compensate for that is usually either elite level shooting or ball handling, and while he's a very good ball handler for his size, he doesn't seem to be elite at either. He'll play and be a very good pro, because he does do so many things well, and he does seem to have a natural feel for the game, but he's not a guy that I think will completely change the fortunes of a franchise. Even Jabari Parker, who I thought had some upside limitations as a prospect, I like better than Simmons, because of his general scoring chops and more natural size.

The more athletic Diaw comp is a solid call I think.

Yeah, I'd be a little worried about Simmons in the draft. I could see a Michael Beasley situation playing out where he is a weird combo of skills that is difficult to fit on a roster. But Simmons clearly seems to have a better head on his shoulders and better ball skills which makes that less likely.

I do like the Diaw comp tho because I see him as someone who is more effective out of the high post because I don't think he will have the athleticism to break people down off the dribble in the NBA.
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