Looking ahead: What’s next for Ben Simmons?

Apr 14, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (25) reacts after dunking against the Miami Heat during the third quarter in game one of the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Ben Simmons isn’t the first Australian to break out as a worldwide star in the NBA, but he is the first Australian to win Rookie of the Year. Andrew Bogut (first Australian to be taken No. 1 in the NBA draft) and a former star big-man of the league, stated that Simmons is destined for greatness.

We know that he is destined for greatness. The kid had 12 triple doubles last year, for crying out loud. That puts him past Magic Johnson in the number two slot for triple-doubles in a rookie year. But what’s next for the talented young athlete?

L.A. Woman

The Paparazzi has been all over “Bendall.” The press has been eating up the young, gallivanting lovers, Kendall Jenner and Ben Simmons. They have pretty much spent the entire offseason together and even share a $25,000 per month Los Angeles area rental home in West Hollywood.

So, could the rumors be true? Will Simmons follow Lebron to Los Angeles in the rebuilding of a Lakers super team? Given his relationship with the Hollywood beauty queen, it doesn’t seem outside the realm of possibility. Sure, he has a lot to thank the town of Philadelphia for, but will it look a bit small and drab and cold now that he has spent so much time in sunny Southern California?

He’s at least two years away from that. It would be an unprecedented event for him to leave the team that drafted him so early in his contract, even if some miraculous buyout was on the table. But LeBron has signed for a four-year stint in Tinsel Town, and you have to think that Simmons will want to follow in his idol’s footsteps. Plus, he has seemed to build a rapport with King James. So, I do not doubt that he’ll at least be talking with the Lakers’ organization over the next year.

The Current Reality

For now, Simmons will be in Philly. And the early odds at the best online sportsbooks have Simmons and the Philadelphia 76ers fifth in line to win the NBA title this upcoming season. Of course, the Golden State Warriors are the clear favorites to win it all again, but the 76ers have a much clearer path through the East now that the Cavaliers are in disarray. The only team with better odds than the Sixers to win the Championship are the well-established Boston Celtics.

The West is going to be even more stacked with competition now that the Lakers could be competitive again, but all roads still lead through Golden State and Houston in 2018-2019. But out East, Philadelphia really only has two contenders to deal with: the Celtics and the Raptors.

Joel Embiid and Simmons smashed expectations and lead the Sixers to the second round of the NBA playoffs last season. And when you think about it, Philadelphia is a young team that is just now getting some experience under their belts. Essentially, last season was a warm-up.

Add in Wilson Chandler to the mix, and the Sixers have improved their wing depth, after acquiring the Denver forward in a trade back in July.

Chandler averaged 10.0 points and 5.4 rebounds per game during the 2017-18 season, and can certainly slide in alongside Robert Covington and Dario Saric in the rotation.

The Sixers have also improved their backcourt depth, bringing in guards Landry Shamet, Zhaire Smith and Shake Milton via the NBA Draft.

Simmons very well could get his first taste of the Eastern Conference Finals this season, and if they get past Kyrie Irving and the Celtics, Simmons could make an NBA Finals appearance in just his second official season in the NBA.

The East is a three-horse race, but it could come down to Boston and Philadelphia as it did last season.

Toronto are still a player in the East after bringing in Kawhi Leonard to partner up with Kyle Lowry, although it all depends how quickly the pair gel, and how healthy Leonard is.

So what’s next on the agenda for Ben Simmons? Hopefully a deep playoff run.

The Pick and Roll Team

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