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Saturday / December 16.
  • Ben Simmons Goes Off as Sixers, Lakers Fans Dream of Winning Less Than 10 for Ben

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    The Sixers and the Lakers are the leading contenders at this juncture to win the NBA Draft lottery next spring.

    And that means those franchises are the leading contenders to land LSU freshman forward Ben Simmons.

    “Win less than 10 for Ben” might as well be the official motto for Sixers and Lakers fan, whose teams are a combined 3-34. (The Nets and Knicks have no shot because they traded their draft picks.)

    The 6-foot-10 left-hander put up a stat line Wednesday night that hasn’t been seen in college basketball in 20 years when he went for 43 points, 14 rebounds, seven assists, five steals and three blocks on 15-of-20 shooting in LSU’s 119-108 win over North Florida.

    It was the most points scored by an LSU player since Shaquille O’Neal had 43 in 1991.

    Simmons has still only made one 3-pointer on the season and there are concerns about his shooting ability, but one NBA scout told SNY.tv recently, “One of the best I have ever seen, a generational player.”

     

    ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 3, 2015

     

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.