The Philadelphia 76ers have made their choice and the No. 1 Overall pick of the 2016 NBA Draft is…Ben Simmons! Ben became the newest NBA superstar on June 23, and he’s headed to the City of Brotherly Love!
Welcome to the NBA, Ben Simmons, 19! The Philadelphia 76ers used the power of the first pick of the 2016 NBA Draft to score a superstar-in-the-making and boy does he look overjoyed by it. And why not, because he’s heading to the NBA to play against the likes of LeBron James, 31, and Stephen Curry, 28. Congrats!
Ben became the Overall No. 1 draft pick during the 2016 NBA Draft on June 23. The Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, erupted in cheers, as basketball fans and coaches welcomed the newest NBA star to the big leagues.
Since the 76ers won the No. 1 draft pick in the NBA Draft Lottery, fans were left wondering if the team would pick either LSU’s Ben Simmons or Duke Blue Devils star, Brandon Ingram, 18. However, Ben let the cat out of the bag when he posted an Instagram picture of him working in Philadelphia gear on June 21. “Trust in the process,” he captioned the photo. Indeed!
It was a coin-toss between Brandon and Ben. Ben is the first player in 20 years to average over 19 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists in a college basketball season, according to Fox Sports. Meanwhile, Brandon was pulling 17.3 points, 7 rebounds and made 41% of his 3-point shots during his college season, per CBS Sports. Each player would be a great addition to the team, really.
With Ben going to the 76ers, it’s likely that Brandon will go to the Los Angeles Lakers. From there, it’s anyone’s guess. Will Croatian superstar Dragan Bender, 18, go to the Milwaukee Bucks or the Phoenix Suns? Who will pick Kris Dunn, 22? And where will Jamal Murray, 19, end up? The NBA Draft just started and there are plenty of surprises left to come!
Congratulations to Ben on being the No. 1 2016 NBA Draft Pick! HollywoodLifers – are you happy with the Philadelphia 76ers Draft Pick?