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Would 76'ers take Jaylen Brown over Ben Simmons in a redoing of the 2016 draft?


 My quick answer to the above question is you bet! Philadelphia had possession of the first pick in the 2016 NBA draft and chose Ben Simmons. Two picks later, the Boston Celtics took Jaylen Brown. Ben sat out the 2016-17 season with an injury, but Jaylen hopped right into the fray immediately.

That's the point made by an unnamed Eastern Conference Exec via Michael Scotto. Simmons generally is the same player that came in as a rookie in the 2017-18 season. His stats reveal the same. His numbers this season are mostly down over his debut year. His points, assists, steals and field goal percentage are all down this season, and his fouls and turnovers are up. How about 3-pointers, you may ask? Please! He has attempted only nine (9) treys in his entire career.

Jaylen is a different story.  Here are the numbers::

Rookie: 6.6 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 0.8 APG, 0.4 SPG, 0.2 BPG,  0.9 TOs/game, 45% FG, 34% 3s

2020-21: 26.3 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 3.5 APG,  1.7 SPG, 0.7 BPG, 2.9 TO/game, 54% FG, 42% 3's

One other point. Admittedly, Ben's free throw percentage is up this season over his rookie campaign, from 56% to 60% respectively. Still not acceptable. Brown has worked on his free throws, hitting 68% in his premier season, compared to 77% this year.

That's the difference. This quiet young star has little flash about him, but a lot of substance. He has subtly worked on his game, and it shows. Not so with Simmons. As stated earlier, would Philly take Jaylen over Ben if they could replay that 2016 draft? You bet they would!



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