Three picks in, LeBron selected Simmons, which disappointed Durant as he wanted the Defensive Player of the Year candidate.
“With my second pick in the second round, I’m gonna go with Ben Simmons. Mr. Play hard every possession from the Philadelphia 76ers,” James said.
Not a bad player to receive compliments from, huh? As we know, Simmons and LeBron go back as the Lakers star has taken Simmons under his wing since he was a top prospect coming out of High School.
But Kevin Durant’s disappointed reaction when LeBron selected Simmons was also another form of praise for the Sixers guard.