Why Simmons should be snubbed in NBA Draft

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Simmons should be looking over his shoulder come draft time.Most judges are picking either Louisiana State University’s Ben Simmons or Duke’s Brandon Ingram to be snapped up first by the Philadelphia 76ers on June 24 (AEST). But there’s a lesser-known name in the running, and one esteemed college coach believes he should go before either of those two.University of Kentucky coach John Calipari is advocating his star pupil Jamal Murray to be picked first. Speaking on ESPNU’s College Basketball Podcast, Calipari called Murray “the safe No. 1” and advised the 76ers to recruit him.“If you’re going to take the No. 1 pick, you probably should do it from our program,’’ Calipari said.“He can stretch the defence, play off the ball and the NBA is going position-less.“He can flat-out shoot the ball and is physically ready.’’He then explained Murray was the perfect fit for a 76ers side coming off a league-worst 10-72 season — the product of systematic tanking designed to build up its roster strength to push for a championship in the future.Murray was one of Kentucky’s best.Source:Getty Images“What does Philadelphia need more than anything else? Someone to make shots and guard play,” Calipari said.“I am biased. I want my guy. But he can play multiple positions, he can physically step in and play right away.

“He can play the point. He can score in bunches. You watch Golden State. Who really is their point guard? Whoever has it.’’Murray is expected to go as high as No. 3, which would see him go off to Boston to play for the Celtics. He was at Celtics camp last week where he drained 79 of 100 three-point attempts in his workout — a franchise record.“I believe I’m the best player in the draft, but every team needs what they need,” ESPN quoted Murray as saying afterwards.He averaged 20 points and 2.2 assists per game last season, and was a third-team All-American.Brandon Ingram.Source:AFPBen Simmons.Source:Getty ImagesCalipari has form when it comes to mentoring some serious NBA talent. He coached Derrick Rose at Memphis and Karl-Anthony Towns, Anthony Davis and John W…

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