Philadelphia knocked off Cleveland on national television Thursday night, leading most of the way and holding of a Cavaliers team where LeBron James was playing at an MVP level again.

One key reason? Ben Simmons. He had 18 points on 8-of-14 shooting, nine rebounds, and eight assists. He and Joel Embiid led a Philly starting five that outplayed the Cavs starters and that got the Sixers the win.

After the game, LeBron had high praise for Simmons on Instagram.

First, remember that Simmons’ agent is Rich Paul, LeBron’s agent and long-time confidant. That’s the connection.

I hate comparisons of rookies/young players to all-time greats (and comparing draft picks to them is idiotic).