With last night’s lottery, the order of the 2016 NBA Draft, which takes place on June 23, is set. At long last, the Philadelphia 76ers have landed the No. 1 pick, where they are expected to take either LSU’s Ben Simmons or Duke’s Brandon Ingram. The two forwards are clearly regarded as the top two players in the draft, though there is some serious debate over which player will wind up going first. Simmons entered his lone season at LSU as the clear choice for No. 1, and while he impressed on the court, his Tigers team’s lack of success turned some off, as did his hesitance to take over as a go-to scorer. Ingram is a bit younger, a better, more willing shooter, and may fit the framework of Philly’s existing roster better. We’re sure the Los Angeles Lakers will gladly take whichever one is left after Philadelphia decides.
— Philadelphia 76ers (@Sixers) May 18, 2016
After Simmons and Ingram, this draft is a legitimate crap shoot. Philadelphia, Boston, Phoenix, and Denver each have three picks, leading to some very interesting trade possibilities, as well as the chance for a number of teams to go after European players to stash late in the first round.
With more workouts on the horizon and some college players deciding whether or not to stay in the field, plenty can change between now and June 23, but here is our first run through a mock draft.