By Alisha Buaya For Daily Mail Australia
Published: 01:34 BST, 14 September 2019 | Updated: 01:35 BST, 14 September 2019
He is one of the NBAs most talented stars.
But Damian Lillard credited and praised Ben Simmons for increasing basketball's popularity in Australia.
The 29-year-old told Sydney Confidential: 'Ben has definitely made it (basketball in Australia) stronger as far as his star power.'
'He's the guy taking it to the next level!' Portland Trailblazers point guard Damian Lillard (pictured) credited and praised Ben Simmons for increasing basketball's popularity in Australia
Ben, who was born in Melbourne and plays point guard for the Philadelphia 76ers, is currently on a lucrative 5-year contract worth $170 million according to NBC Sports.
Continuing on the 23-year-old's impact on the NBA, Lillard