After the NCAA season, many believe that LSU’s Ben Simmons would be the number one pick in this year’s NBA Draft, but nowadays many experts state that Brandon Ingram will give him a run for the top pick and teams are now having second thoughts if Simmons deserves to be the No. 1 rookie in the 2016 draft.
For some Ingram is the best choice as he is as versatile with Simmons but the 18-year old Duke Blue Devil has skills that could make him a threat on both ends of the floor. He can guard the perimeter, make space for teammates to work with and in times of defensive collapse one can find him just lurking beneath the rim for an easy basket.
Ingram is not as hyped as with Simmons, but his size, length and athleticism teams cannot help but notice him as he is a good fit in the forward position. His physical measurements could easily give him the needed space for him to operate inside the paint.
Ingram’s per-minute numbers are also deadly by the minute given the fact that if he plays 34 minutes inside the court he averages 17.3 points with 6.8 rebounds and 1.4 blocks a game whereas if he plays 40 minutes a game he averages 20 points with 7.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks, a luxury that every team could have from a player either coming off the bench or starting for the night.
Many are reminded of Kevin Durant in him and that says a lot for a rookie who wants to make a name for himself in the professional league. Though he does not have that frame yet to compete with the big guys in the NBA, Ingram and the team that would pick him can work on that aspect and everything else is already built in and can be enhanced furthermore.
On the other hand, Ben Simmons was touted to be this year’s top pick but the Australian needs more convincing to make to himself marketable for the top choice come June 23. Standing six-foot-10 and weighing 240 pounds. Simmons’ bulk and length could also provide damage inside the paint on both ends of the floor as well.
Simmons has been making waves during the pre-season of the NCAA and during the start of the season, Simmons showed his prowess as he helped the LSU Tigers break a three-game losing streak back in Dec.2 wherein he tallied a career high 43 points and 14 rebounds as the Tiger beat North Florida, 119-108.
Simmons’ 43 points were the most for a Tigers player since Shaquille O’Neal had 43 against Northern Arizona on December 1991. After recording 14 points and 10 rebounds in a win over Kentucky, Simmons was dubbed the best all-round player since LeBron James by NBA Hall of Famer Magic Johnson.
Simmons was unsuccessful in leading the Tigers to an NCAA tournament berth, losing to the Texas A&M by a discouraging 71–38 loss. He led the team in all major statistical categories except three-point and free throw shooting, finishing with averages of 19.2 points, 11.8 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 2.0 steals and 0.8 blocks in 34.9 minutes per game, while shooting 56.0 percent from the field, 33.3 percent from three-point range and 67.0 percent from the free throw line.
Both Ingram and Simmons are promising talents that the NBA could have with their generation. Either one of them could be potentially be the top overall pick, but one thing is for sure teams will move heaven and earth just to land either of the two.
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