No Recruitment Necessary: Ben Simmons Is Philadelphia’s Own LeBron in the Making

CLEVELAND, OH - MARCH 1:  LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Ben Simmons #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers talk during the game on March 1, 2018 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)David Liam Kyle/Getty Images

The Philadelphia 76ers can’t look at Ben Simmons as if he’s LeBron James quite yet, and not just because he’s already on the roster and doesn’t need to be recruited through a back-and-forth billboard saga

The positionless rookie doesn’t yet possess the same takeover instincts as a scorer, and he’s unable to impact a game with his jumper. The chase-down blocks and physics-defying highlights haven’t been there during his inaugural season, as he’s instead quietly racked up game-changing plays and gaudy stat lines. 

But during a 108-97 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday at Quicken Loans Arena, the Sixers should still have gotten a sense they were watching both the present and the future as Simmons went head-to-head with the

Article source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2762255-no-recruitment-necessary-ben-simmons-is-philadelphias-own-lebron-in-the-making

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