The next big thing in basketball is down in Louisiana. While Anthony Davis is the king when it comes to the Bayou, currently it is an LSU freshman who is taking the basketball world by storm. Ben Simmons is not only one of the most incredible freshman basketball players in years, he is one of the most-hyped basketball prospects since LeBron James.
Aside from having all of the tools to make him a bona fide NBA superstar as soon as he enters the NBA, Simmons has one pretty intriguing backstory. The rise of this phenom comes on the heels of one of the greatest NBA careers ever. Last night as Ben Simmons poured in a historic 43-point, 14-rebound, 7-assist and 5-steal game, Kobe Bryant turned back the clock and had one more vintage Kobe-like performance as he poured in 31 points against the Washington Wizards.
The terrible Los Angeles Lakers could only be so lucky to have one once-in-a-generation talent in Bryant give way to the next once-in-a-generation talent in Simmons. As the Lakers, Boston Celtics (due to a laughable trade from the Brooklyn Nets), and Philadelphia 76ers currently yield the best shot at landing Simmons this summer when he is likely to enter the 2016 NBA Draft, it’s almost a certainty that one of these storied franchises will get a future superstar.
So what do you need to know about the NBA’s next big thing, Ben Simmons? Well, STASHED is here to help you put it all together. Hit the jump and let us hip you onto the 19-year-old ready to take the basketball world by storm.
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