Here’s The 2016 NBA Draft Picks: 76ers Pick Ben Simmons at No. 1
With the first pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, the Philadelphia 76ers choose Aussie forward Ben Simmons, out of LSU.
Ironically, the 19-year-old idolized Sixers legend Allen Iverson growing up... and now, becomes the franchise's first top pick since Iverson was drafted first overall in 1996. "A lot of people don't know that I actually had a poster of A.I. when I was young in my room," Simmons said.
Simmons joins Shaquille O'Neal (1992) as the second top pick out of LSU, and just the second Australian to be taken first overall after Andrew Bogut in 2005.
Duke scorer Brandon Ingram was selected second overall by the Los Angeles Lakers, followed by California forward Jaylen Brown with the third pick by the Boston Celtics. With the fourth overall pick, the Phoenix Suns drafted Croatian forward Dragan Bender, and Minnesota rounded out the top five by selecting Providence point guard Kris Dunn.
Below is the full list of first round picks, via NBA.com.
1. Philadelphia 76ers: Ben Simmons (F, LSU)
2. Los Angeles Lakers: Brandon Ingram (SF, Duke)
3. Boston Celtics: Jaylen Brown (G/F, California)
4. Phoenix Suns: Dragan Bender (PF, Croatia)
5. Minnesota Timberwolves: Kris Dunn (PG, Providence)
6. New Orleans Pelicans: Buddy Hield (SG, Oklahoma)
7. Denver Nuggets: Jamal Murray (SG, Kentucky)
8. Sacramento Kings: Marquese Chriss (PF, Washington) | Traded to Phoenix Suns
9. Toronto Raptors: Jakob Poeltl (C, Utah)
10. Milwaukee Bucks: Thon Maker (PF, Australia)
11. Orlando Magic: Domantas Sabonis (PF, Gonzaga) | Traded to Oklahoma City Thunder
12. Atlanta Hawks: Taurean Prince (SF, Baylor)
13. Sacramento Kings: Georgios Papagiannis (C, Greece)
14. Chicago Bulls: Denzel Valentine (G/F, Michigan State)
15. Denver Nuggets: Juan Hernangomez (PF, Spain)
16. Boston Celtics: Guerschon Yabusele (PF, France)
17. Memphis Grizzlies: Wade Baldwin IV (PG, Vanderbilt)
18. Detroit Pistons: Henry Ellenson (PF, Marquette)
19. Denver Nuggets: Malik Beasley (SG, Florida State)
20. Brooklyn Nets: Caris LeVert (SG, Michigan)
21. Atlanta Hawks: DeAndre Bembry (SF, St. Joseph’s)
22. Sacramento Kings: Malachi Richardson (SG, Syracuse)
23. Boston Celtics: Ante Zizic (C, Croatia)
24. Philadelphia 76ers: Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot (SF, France)
25. Los Angeles Clippers: Brice Johnson (PF, North Carolina)
26. Philadelphia 76ers: Furkan Korkmaz (SG, Turkey)
27. Toronto Raptors: Pascal Siakam (PF, New Mexico State)
28. Phoenix Suns: Skal Labissiere (PF, Kentucky)
29. San Antonio Spurs: Dejounte Murray (PG, Washington)
30. Golden State Warriors: Damian Jones (C, Vanderbilt)