Ben Simmons’ Quick Trip to the NBA
He was just 7 when he first dreamed of being drafted. And Thursday night, it finally happened when he became the league’s number-one pick. Ben Simmons’ journey started in Melbourne, where his Bronx-native dad played Australian pro ball. Now this 19-year-old Aussie is America’s most prized player, after nailing 56 percent of his shots and averaging 11.2 rebounds per game during his single year at Louisiana State. But after having the world at his feet, it may be jarring to let the lowly Philadelphia 76ers call the shots.