LeBron James thinks Ben Simmons has "all the tools" to succeed

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Next Thursday night Adam Silver will stand on the stage at Brooklyn's Barclays Center and announce who is the first pick of the 2016 NBA Draft.

As that moment draws closer, the growing consensus is that the player chosen by the Philadelphia 76ers at the position will be Ben Simmons.

And, ahead of what will be the biggest night of the LSU product's young career to date, he has just received a glowing endorsement from none other than LeBron James:

"Well, I think he's a great young talent,” said James via “I think the way he displays [the talent] on the basketball court, we all notice.

"I think we all don't know just yet how great of a kid he is and how down to earth he is with the game of basketball and life in general."

It is worth noting that James - who described Simmons as having "all the tools" to be an NBA star - has something of a vested interest in his future. The 19-year-old forward is signed up to Klutch Sports Group, the agency LeBron helped found.

Nevertheless, the Cleveland Cavaliers star genuinely sounds impressed with what Simmons has to offer, both on and off the hardwood:

"I had an opportunity to spend a lot of time over the last couple years with him and his family. They're just so very appreciative of the opportunity that they've been given as a family. Also, they give everything to their son. They want the best for him.

“And as a mentor to him and big brother to him, I also give him a lot of advice on what to expect when he makes his jump next week, how to handle it.

"But he also has to figure it out on his own as well, because everybody's path is different. I'm not a GM. I don't get paid by the Sixers, so I'm not going to answer that.”

James isn't the only big name to be a fan of Simmons. Earlier this year Magic Johnson claimed the Australian was the most talented player he'd seen at his age since LeBron himself.

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