The Philadelphia 76ers elected to select Ben Simmons first total within the 2016 NBA Draft. Was it the precise determination on reflection? In case you requested this query after watching the respective rookie campaigns of Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram, it wouldn’t have been a lot of a dialogue. Nevertheless, with the stagnancy within the Philadelphia 76ers level guard’s offensive sport since his debut and Ingram’s constant enchancment, the dialogue has been reignited.The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor has already said that Brandon Ingram is healthier than Ben Simmons after watching Ingram’s improved play this season. O’Connor at all times believed that Ingram would find yourself higher than Simmons when he did his NBA Draft Information, and that assertion may be paying dividends.So this begs the query, who’s the higher participant proper now?Let’s check out Brandon Ingram first. Ingram was regarded the very best scorer within the draft and was picked proper after Ben Simmons at second total, which is what sparked this complete debate within the first place.Ingram did battle in his first season as a Laker and solely discovered his manner within the beginning lineup halfway by the season. He was, nevertheless, solely 19 years previous and regarded a long run challenge for the Lakers. Ingram, as anticipated, and identical to any younger participant would, improved each season since his first.2016-2017: 9.Four PTS/Four REB/2.1 AST2017-2018: 16.1 PTS/5.Three REB/3.9 AST2018-2019: 18.Three PTS/5.1 REB/3.zero AST2018-2019: 25.1 PTS/6.Eight REB/4.2 ASTMeanwhile, Ben Simmons appeared to get the higher of Ingram and reside as much as his first total decide early on, main the Sixers to back-to-back 50+ win seasons. (Simmons redshirted his first 12 months)2017-2018: 15.Eight PTS/8.1 REB/8.2 AST2018-2019: 16.9 PTS/8.Eight REB/7.7 AST2018-2019: 15.2 PTS/7.6 REB/8.Four ASTBen Simmons has been placing up the identical stats for just about three seasons straight. With no important enchancment to his sport besides on protection, which might be deserving of first staff All-Protection in 2020. He has not improved anything, which is fairly alarming.Alternatively, whereas Brandon Ingram is making big strides in his sport each season, his staff continues to be struggling. Some proceed to say he’s simply placing up massive numbers on a foul staff.There are fairly just a few gamers who come to thoughts when pondering of massive numbers on a foul staff. Nevertheless, Bradley Beal, doesn’t come to thoughts, why not? He’s thought of a top-15 man within the NBA by most. Is Beal not thought of an empty calorie scorer as a result of he has proven success alongside his All-NBA teammate, John Wall?The identical factor may be stated about guys like Devin Booker and Zach LaVine, who’re roughly in the identical scenario as Ingram. All actually good gamers individually, however not sufficient to swing their staff above .500 within the standings. Who is aware of what they’d be capable to do in the event you add an All-NBA participant subsequent to them.One different excessive instance is Anthony Davis. He’s a top-three participant within the league offensively and defensively, but in seven years with the Pelicans, Davis has solely introduced his staff to the playoffs twice. Now have a look at him attempt alongside LeBron James (an All-NBA participant). He sits first within the West for the primary time in his profession.I’m not evaluating Anthony Davis to Brandon Ingram — Davis is miles forward of Ingram. This comparability is simply to point out that not even the best gamers can carry their staff alone. Nevertheless, within the ultimate two minutes of a sport the place the rating is shut, a participant alone can carry his staff. Would you relatively have Simmons with the ball in a ultimate possession with the sport on the road? Or any of the fellows who have been talked about earlier than, from Brandon Ingram to Anthony Davis?So what? Simmons can’t end a sport and is a legal responsibility on offense within the dying minutes of the sport, he does different issues none of these gamers can do (in addition to Davis). That is the standard counterargument most individuals would say, myself included. Simmons might get a triple-double each night time if he actually wished to and may be as efficient as Giannis if the identical gameplan have been set round him.If Simmons have been ever placed on a staff with first rate to good shooters round him and deployed as the point of interest and solely star of that staff, that staff would most certainly make the playoffs. Simmons just isn’t on the identical stage of aggression or nearly as good a finisher as Giannis across the rim, however he’s a greater passer and would most likely excel in that position nonetheless. We’ve seen it work in his first season when Embiid was out and Simmons was taking part in his finest basketball so far, main the Sixers to 16 straight wins.Though Simmons can elevate the ground of his staff very excessive, the ceiling just isn’t that top with that formulation. It doesn’t translate to playoff basketball and may simply be exploited in a seven-game sequence. Similar to Nick Nurse did towards the Milwaukee Bucks. Until Simmons will get a dependable jumper and decides to take video games in his personal hand, any staff with Ben Simmons as their essential star will plateau.I do know it’s been stated 1,000,000 600 seventy two instances… however a jumpshot is CRUCIAL if Simmons ever needs to succeed in his full potential as a star. He does the whole lot else on an elite stage: protection, rebounding, passing, velocity, handles and attending to the basket. If he have been to develop an honest and even usable shot, it might actually push him from top-25 participant within the league to high eight.Brandon Ingram’s play could not translate to successful basketball by himself, however he can rating nearly effortlessly, play stable protection, and has change into a fairly good passer. He will not be a ground raiser like Ben Simmons, or ever be the very best participant on his staff when pondering of championships. However he’s the scorer each staff wants. He’s a three-point risk, has a lethal mid-range, and is an excellent scorer throughout. He can take management of video games and, extra importantly, shut video games if wanted.Simmons also can take management of video games if wanted… however on the alternative finish of the ground. He’s one of many extra clutch defenders within the league, arising massive on that finish quite a few instances. However while you want him most offensively, that’s when Simmons disappears.This flaw, alongside the dearth of jumper, warrants the Ingram vs. Simmons debate. In case you’re going to be a high participant within the league you possibly can’t be afraid of the second and in addition be a whole legal responsibility on the offensive finish. It’s value noting that Simmons has the talent set to be the very best participant on a championship staff if he improves his shot and stays aggressive. Need your voice heard? Be part of the The Sixer Sense staff! Write for us! Simmons nonetheless has the upper ceiling, he simply appears to have hit the identical wall he did in his rookie season. If Simmons does ever resolve to shoot, and shoot decently… Simmons will likely be a greater participant sooner or later, little doubt. It’s simply worrying he has proven regression and never development in the direction of his bounce shot.In his first 12 months, he shot 32.5 % from 10-19 ft on 200 photographs. His second 12 months he shot 21.7 % on solely 90 photographs. This season, in 39 video games to date, he’s capturing 13.6 % on solely 22 photographs.There may be some logical sense to why he stopped taking this shot. It’s not an environment friendly shot and he’s not nice at it. However Simmons isn’t doing his staff any favors when searching for a go within the mid-range when he’s huge open — he doesn’t even have a look at the basket. Staff’s know that Simmons isn’t a risk from anyplace outdoors the rim, and that makes sport planning towards the Sixers that a lot simpler.Ingram has elevated his play each season and it doesn’t seem like he’s going to cease getting higher. He could not have the identical expertise that Simmons has, however his onerous work is paying off and he’s making enhancements in areas he wants work. In his first season, Ingram had capturing splits of 40/29/62. Three seasons later he has improved to capturing splits of 48/41/87. If Ingram does find yourself main this staff to the playoffs, then I really feel the argument generally is a lot extra one sided than individuals assume.Proper now, the 2016 first total decide, Ben Simmons, is the higher participant. Simmons is a superb ground raiser, can shut down anybody on the defensive finish, and is without doubt one of the finest passers within the league. He’s proven he can carry his staff and be a successful participant.The quantity two total in that draft, Brandon Ingram, has definitely made the race shut between the 2. Ingram’s scoring capacity mirrors Kevin Durant, and we’re definitely seeing shades of that this season. Offered that Brandon Ingram takes but once more one other leap subsequent 12 months, whereas Ben Simmons stays the identical participant he’s now… then I’m sorry, I believe Kevin O’Connor may be on to one thing. Subsequent: Three gamers the Sixers shouldn’t commerce Simmons is 4-1 in face to face towards Brandon Ingram if anybody was curious.