LSU star basketball player Ben Simmons has been heralded as the number one pick of the 2016 NBA Draft before he ever even arrived at LSU this year. In the early part of the season, he has proven why people have been calling him “the next LeBron.”
It doesn’t seem like the 12-year NBA veteran doesn’t mind the comparison. James and the Cleveland Cavaliers suffered a loss to the New Orleans Pelicans Friday night, a game which Simmons was in attendance, and he was asked about those comparisons.
“I don’t mind it,” James told ESPN’s Dave McMenamin. “Someone’s going to be compared to someone all the time, and I don’t mind him being compared to me. People not only recognizing what he does on the floor, but he’s a great kid, too. He has a great family, great support system, and that’s why he’s able to do what he [does] on the floor.”
Simmons was asked about being compared to the surefire Hall of Famer. He said that he appreciates all the talk and loves being compared to the best player in the league today.
“He’s one of the best players in the world that’s played the game,” Simmons said. “I just try to take little parts of his game and put it into mine. His size is one of the things that I look at. I’m 6-10, and he’s right at 6-8 or 6-9, and I just try and fit what he does into my game.”
This year, Simmons has been doing exactly what everyone expected him too. So far, he is averaging 19.9 points, 14.9 rebounds, and 6 assists per game through six games.
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