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NBA Draft outlook for LSU's Ben Simmons, Tim Quarterman

One will hear his name early, while one might not hear his name called at all

The LSU Tigers were among the most disappointing teams in college basketball in 2016, turning a top-20 preseason ranking into a missed NCAA Tournament. Freshman sensation Ben Simmons was just that, but he and Tim Quarterman and Antonio Blakeney could never mesh. Blakeney opted to return to Baton Rouge, but the others have fled for the professional ranks. The draft is Thursday, so let's look at what's in store for Simmons and Quarterman.

Simmons is probably going first overall

Sixers CEO Scott O'Neil has reportedly tipped off that his team is taking Simmons, who worked out with Philadelphia this morning. He'll be an interesting fit, as the team in its current form is heavy on young frontcourt lottery picks (Jahlil Okafor, Joel Embiid if he's healthy, Dario Saric if he comes over, and Nerlens Noel if they keep him). There's a world in which Simmons is their primary ballhandler as a rookie.

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Quarterman might not be drafted

A 6'6" point guard is always appealing, and the three-year Tiger is also a solid passer. But scouts are questioning whether he'll ever be an offensive weapon in the NBA. He's been below average at both shooting off the dribble and finishing at the rim, both of which are necessary skills at this level. He's a fringe second-round talent, but teams have a tendency to use late picks on international prospects with upside. Quarterman will definitely get his chance, although it's more likely than not he'll have to wait until after the draft.


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