Ben Simmons Might Force His Way To Lakers

Ben Simmons Might Force His Way To Lakers
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Ben Simmons, the LSU prodigy, is the consensus No. 1 pick in the forthcoming NBA Draft. Simmons has the highest likelihood (per the latest lottery odds) to be drafted by Philadelphia 76ers, but he wants to be a Los Angeles Laker.


Simmons grew up as a die-hard Magic Johnson and Lakers fan. In September, the Australian posted a Facebook picture of him wearing the coveted No. 32 Lakers jersey (see above). 

A month later, the 6’10” forward posted a Snapchat video of him walking down the street, exclaiming something along the lines of, “This five. Number 25, Ben Simmons. Bout to do work this year (at LSU). You can catch me on the Lakers next year.”

Draft order manipulation…

There have been instances in the past of high lottery picks manipulating their way to the team of their choice. For example, back in 1996, departing Laker legend Kobe Bryant threatened to play overseas if he wasn’t traded to his favorite team. Charlotte Hornets obliged his request.

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Ahead of the 2014 Draft, Joel Embiid openly expressed his desire to be drafted by the Lakers. However, there was a difference of four picks between Philadelphia who were picking 3rd and Lakers who were picking 7th. Therefore, Embiid had no choice but head to the City of Brotherly Love.

Could ask Philly to pass on him…

In Simmons’ case, the “manipulation tactics” are valid since the Lakers have a top-3 protected pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. Hypothetically, let’s say Philadelphia gets the first pick, Brooklyn Nets (who owe their pick to Boston Celtics) get the second and the Lakers get the third pick. Simmons could always tell Philadelphia and Boston to avoid drafting him since he wants to be a Laker.

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You could say that this is unethical behavior. After all, the team with the highest lottery pick is entitled to choose the best available prospect. Having said that, a player’s wishes ought to be respected, too, especially when he grew up dreaming of playing for the Purple & Gold.

Recently, Magic Johnson hailed Ben Simmons “the all-round best prospect” he had seen since LeBron James in 2003. Simmons has also developed close ties with Shaquille O’Neal, a Laker and LSU legend. Simmons could be following in Shaq’s footsteps.

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Relationship with D’Angelo Russell

And finally, an added motivation for Simmons to join the Lakers: play with his high school teammate D’Angelo Russell. They played for the Montverde Academy in Florida and achieved great success in the high school circuit. In April 2014, the duo first announced their arrival by winning the Dick’s Sporting Goods High School National Tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Simmons and Russell have defended each other on several occasions. Recently, when certain doubters began questioning Russell’s future in the NBA, Simmons was the first to defend his former high school mate. Coaches who’ve seen them play together rave about the chemistry and collective excellence.

If Ben Simmons and D’Angelo Russell are re-united in Lakers, it’s almost like a fairy tale.  Lakers fans could be in special times ahead. It could be Showtime all over again.

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  • Ban Midō #Anime#TaskForce

    I still can’t believe they didn’t give beastmode the ball.

  • Michael Bryant

    COME TO LAKERS SIMMONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Kevin Rui Ning Mao

    come to LA, ben simmons. we should also get embiid as he wants to play for us as well.

    • Jack

      You imagine: Russell – Durant – Simmons & Embiid together on the team? I think they would be simply an Amazing squad..!

  • Jxschi

    If the Sixes get #1 and the Lakers get #2. It would take the #2 and either Russell or Clarkson to get the sixer to swap the #1. If the Lakers get #3 they have no chance of getting the #1 from the Sixers. If the Lakers get #4 the Sixers get the Lakers pick anyway.
    Dream on no one wants to go to the Lakes, they are irrelevant anymore.

    • (Hollowgramz) INGRAM TO LA

      Are you stupid? Why would we move Russell or Clarkson like that? Lmaooo we’d be just happy with Ingram D’lo and clarkson
      All it takes is one or two big name free agents to sign with us man history repeats itself you are obviously clueless and mistaken about our history haha

  • triste loko

    Hell yea…why can’t he manipulate his way to the lake show! Not like it’s never been done before…just like Eli manning ….he was drafted by San Diego Chargers…and made it crystal clear New York is
    where he wanted to be…and whala!!!

  • triste loko

    Philadelphia needs veterans…so uh…I tell you what philly….if you get pick 1… Well trade you that for…prolific shooter with huge potential “Ryan Kelly”….another big man with huge potential ” Robert sacre” And we’ll throw in former NBA all star “Roy hibbert” !! Now that’s a deal! Lol