76ers draft Ben Simmons No. 1
The Philadelphia 76ers have selected LSU forward Ben Simmons with the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.
After three straight seasons of losing on a grandiose scale, the Sixers hope Simmons will be the franchise player who can help them take a big step forward in their rebuild. The addition of another big man doesn't help Philadelphia's logjam in the frontcourt, but don't be surprised if there's a trade in the near future to balance out the roster.
Simmons arrived in Baton Rouge last year from Melbourne, Australia, with much fanfare as the Tigers' best recruit since Shaquille O'Neal. He largely lived up to the hype as one of college hoops' most productive freshmen in recent memory, using his stunning combination of size and athleticism to become the first player since Ron Harper in 1984 to average 19 points, 11 rebounds and four assists per game. However, LSU missed the NCAA Tournament entirely, raising questions about Simmons' leadership ability and focus.Read more...