2016 Draft Prospect vs. NBA Player: Ben Simmons or Karl-Anthony Towns?

February 6th, 2016 by Jonathan Wasserman Leave a reply »

Imagine every college prospect and NBA player gets thrown into a pool for one big draft. General managers who are looking for a star to build their franchise around could have a lot to think about when assembling their big boards.

Minnesota Timberwolves rookie Karl-Anthony Towns—last year's No. 1 pick—versus LSU freshman Ben Simmons—2016's favorite to go first—would likely make for some interesting debate within scouting departments. 

Towns has exceeded expectations since joining the Wolves, looking every bit the star he flashed the potential to become at Kentucky. Simmons continues to put up eye-opening numbers while intriguing the world with unique style and versatility. 

So who's the better long-term option? 


Scoring  Simmons' 19.5 points per game rank second among freshmen. He's erupted a number of times, having gone for 43 points against North Florida, 36 against Vanderbilt and 28 at Florida. 

It's worth noting that Towns didn't hit the 20-point mark in college until the NCAA tournament, though he average ...

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