Get ready NBA and basketball fans coming your way possibly as early as 2016 …Ben Simmons
A 6-foot-10 forward, Simmons has wasted little time showing off his versatility and unselfishness. He can pass, rebound and physically dominate. He had 43 points, 14 rebounds, seven assists, five steals and three blocks in a victory over North Florida on Wednesday night. He also had 16 assists against South Alabama and nearly recorded a triple-double with 21 points, 20 assists and seven rebounds versus Marquette.
“We’re embracing the time we have with him,” Jones told Yahoo Sports. “He’s like a Shaquille O’Neal. Those guys don’t come around often.”
One NBA general manager who watched Simmons at the Legends Classic in New York last week described him as a franchise-altering prospect.
“He’s a tremendous talent. There is so much he can do,” the GM told Yahoo Sports. “He fits into the modern NBA as far as a big who can handle, pass and rebound. High basketball IQ. He has a few things he could work on, but he is a foundation player.
“He just makes everyone better. It’s hard to find players who make everyone better. He is unique in that way. Growth needs to occur, but he has a lot of skills. A lot of tools.”
“If I don’t need to shoot the ball, I won’t do it,” Simmons said. “I don’t think I took one three against Marquette and I had [21 points]. Once I start shooting that jumper I feel like I will be one of those guys that is hard to stop.”
Simmons and Jones laugh at talk that he might be too unselfish.
“His main concern is trying to make other people better and to create opportunities for others because his main focus is winning whether its him scoring, them scoring or creating an opportunity,” Jones told Yahoo Sports. “He has a great balance of that.”