LSU Tigers phenom Ben Simmons is essentially guaranteed to be the top overall pick in this summer's NBA Draft, and many teams around the league are desperately hoping they win the lottery. While they're all hoping for Simmons, not every team gives him the best opportunity to be successful at the NBA level. Here are the 4 teams that are the best fit for Simmons:
4) Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers need a future superstar like Simmons, and he'd love the opportunity to be the next great Laker. Playing alongside fellow young talents Julius Randle, D'Angelo Russell, and Jordan Clarkson would give Los Angeles a promising young core, but they would still need a few years to build a championship roster around them while they develop.
3) New Orleans Pelicans
I can already picture Simmons and Anthony Davis torching opponents with alley-oop after alley-oop. For a team having a big hole at small forward lacking depth at the point guard, Simmons would fill both needs while providing New Orleans with one of the league's most talented duos.
2) Minnesota Timberwolves
There's almost no way Minnesota could get ANOTHER No. 1 pick with both Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns on their roster, but if they were so lucky, they would be an ideal spot for Simmons. He would allow them to move Kevin Martin to the bench (if he's still on the team next season) and move Andrew Wiggins to the two-guard spot in big lineups, or would be a great stretch-four in smallball lineups. Wiggins, Towns, and Zach LaVine are all score-first offensive players, and Simmons could do wonders as another distributor alongside Ricky Rubio.
1) Boston Celtics
All in all, Boston would probably be the best place for Simmons to go. The Celtics already have a playoff roster and are looking for a superstar to make them a championship contender, and Simmons is that guy. His basketball IQ would thrive under head coach Brad Stevens while filling Boston's biggest weakness on the wing. Because of the supreme fit and Boston's supporting cast, the Celtics provide Simmons with the best chance for both individual and team success.