Simmons was righteously compared to LeBron for the entirety of his high school and college career, but in the past weeks a better comparison has arisen. The way that Giannis Antetokounmpo has taken the league by storm is extremely similar to what Ben Simmons could do for a team in the 2016-17 season. A guy that, despite not being an impressive shooter in a league that values that ability highly, can still score and get his teammates involved in all the right ways. Guys that can both flat out fill up the stat sheet. Neither really have positions, as much as we want to accompany one to them. Simmons might not have the same physical cheat codes that Giannis does, but his skills are similarly as eye-catching for someone his size. The reason so many mock drafts and big boards have Brandon Ingram rising to number one is primarily due to the fears people have of Simmons shooting ability. But a truth in basketball that often gets forgotten is that an ability like a good shot can be learned through rigorous practice. The naturally high court IQ that Simmons has attained can't be taught, and is exactly what has demanded the LeBron comparison. Kawhi Leonard couldn't shoot when he came into the league, and look at him. This is why Ben Simmons is still the #1 pick.
Size and athleticism. Passing vision, especially in transition. Instincts on defense and on the boards. Interior scoring. "Has that something special."
Shooting. Work ethic.
#1 Overall by the Philadelphia 76ers.