This Incredibly Accurate NBA Scout Ben Simmons Report From 2016 Predicted Troubles With Nets, 76ers

When it comes to evaluating draft prospects, it is fairly common for there to be a consensus as to the first-ranked player heading into the NBA draft each year. Once that No. 1 player is reached in consensus, it can be hard for talent assessors to get away from groupthink, even if that player no longer looks like the best in their starting class.

Back in 2016, LSU star Ben Simmons was considered the #1 sure pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. As a 6-foot-10 forward, he was receiving some comparisons to LeBron James for his uncanny ability to make plays of this size.

And although he had some obvious flaws—highlighted most notably by his lack of a consistent jump shot—most scouts were so enamored with Simmons’ defense, versatility, movement, and passing that they were willing to overlook his shortcomings.

However, if you look back at the many scouting reports at Simmons College, there is one scary An accurate assessment of his game makes you feel like he’s part of LeBron’s latest bit on Twitter.

ESPN’s lead NBA Draft analyst Jonathan Givone went against the grain, giving his opinion on the No. 1 pick that’s been handed to everyone.

Take a look at highlights from his poll on Simmons below. You can find the full exploration report over here.

Ben Simmons NBA draft scouts report

Givony on Simmons’ competitive behaviour

Simmons’ lack of competitiveness in some crucial games has raised questions about his character as a basketball player. While many of the top draft picks succumb to the lifestyle of an NBA star and come off as regular competitors, it’s rare to see that at the collegiate level. …

“Simmons showed a lack of indifference to defense, calling, and making winning plays at key moments. Those troubling revelations in Simmons’ game are a cause for concern among the lottery team decision-makers we contacted.”

Giffoni On Simmons Empty box scores

Simmons’ box scores have become increasingly blank. … Simmons has shown a penchant for stat-driving like few players in recent memory, seemingly filling his numbers on blasts. At times, he seems to only pass when securing an assist and chasing down plays which are home-run at inopportune times in search of a spotlight. Simmons seems to appreciate those things winning.”

Givony is on teams already figuring out how to defend Simmons

“The report of Simmons defending in the half is well known and has been used effectively in recent weeks. Teams have put smaller players up against Simmons, backing him up and daring him to shoot. Simmons never seemed to trust his outside shot and became passive when guarding him in that way.”

Givony to people who question Simmons’ character

Concerns about Simmons’ personality didn’t magically manifest the moment he arrived on campus in Baton Rouge. Those feelings were also expressed by members of the Australian national team who spent time with him at junior and senior levels.

The Australian players and coaches who have been around him do not speak of him in flattering terms, calling him a “Yank” to highlight how different he is from most players in that country, perhaps highlighting how his move to the United States at a young age and immersion in the AAU world has shaped him. Those Those who know him best say he needs things going on around him on and off the field and that he is often closed off to coaching or mentoring.”

Ben Simmons College Statistics & Honors

Simmons was still dominant during his freshman season at LSU, picking up a number of awards and honors during his only college season. He was a consensus All-American, first team All-SEC, SEC Rookie of the Year, and SEC All-Freshman First Team.

Simmons averaged 19.2 points, 11.8 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 2.0 steals over 33 games, but LSU missed out on the NCAA Tournament with a 19-14 record (11-7 SEC).

mpg FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG Gross domestic product TOV PF PPG
Ben Simmons (2015-16) 34.9 56.0 33.3 67.0 11.8 4.8 2.0 0.8 3.4 2.8 19.2

Simmons only attempted three three-pointers during his freshman season, going 1-for-3 from long range.

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