When your team is at the bottom of each conference in the regular season, you tend to have the best chance of picking the best players in the NBA draft; and that?s exactly how the Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Lakers want to redeem their current standing in the NBA. With the Philadelphia 76ers suffering a 10-72 record in the NBA 2016 regular season, it wasn?t a surprise when they picked Benjamin Simmons of Louisiana State University in the NBA first round, first pick series.
Nineteen-year-old Ben Simmons from Melbourne, Australia, is Philly?s next chance of emerging from the lowest point of the conference and the draft pick that may finally follow the footsteps of Allen Iverson. It?s obvious, the pressure is on him. Simmons is Philly?s bet, and it looks like he?s got the one chance to bring the team something to look forward to in the next season.
In an interview with Ben Simmons after landing the number 1 pick in the NBA Draft 2016, he said “Honestly, it feels like all this pressure just has dropped off me.I can relax now that I know where I’m going to be. More importantly, I know where I’m headed and where I’m going to start working, and what I need to work on for the team.“
Alongside Simmons is top contender Brandon Ingram, 18, from Duke University. According to Yahoo Sports!, the Los Angeles Lakers took Ingram as the second pick in the first round of the NBA Draft 2016. The Lakers team has been in the bottom end of the Western conference and the NBA Draft 2016 apparently gave them access to better choices when it came to players. Suffering a 17-65 record in the 2015-2016 NBA season, it seemed like the Lakers organization has taken the absolute chance of picking who they think is the best player for the team.
The rest of the top 10 NBA Draft 2016 include, Jaylen Brown (Boston Celtics), Dragan Bender (Phoenix Suns), Kris Dunn (Minnesota Timberwolves), Buddy Hield (New Orleans Pelicans), Jamal Murray (Denver Nuggets), Marquese Chriss (Sacramento Kings), Jakob Poeltl (Toronto Raptors) and Thon Maker (Milwaukee Bucks).