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Ben Simmons is top pick of 2016 NBA Draft Class

The Philadelphia 76ers took in Australian Ben Simmons of LSU as expected Thursday night, making him the first of a record 14 international players chosen in the first round.

Ben Simmons (AP photo)

Ben Simmons (AP photo)

Nearly half the selections in the 30-pick round were international players, topping the 12 international players chosen in the first round in 2013.

Philadelphia grabbed the versatile 6-foot-10 forward from LSU who averaged 19.2 points, 11.8 rebounds and 4.8 assists to become the only player in Southeastern Conference history to finish in the top five in all three categories.

He comes with some questions — he made only one 3-pointer — but too much potential for the 76ers to pass up with their first No. 1 pick since taking Allen Iverson 20 years ago.

The last No. 1 pick from LSU was Shaquille O’Neal — who will be enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame along with Iverson in September.

Brandon Ingram (AP photo)

Brandon Ingram (AP photo)


Brandon Ingram to the Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers, picking second for the second consecutive year, took Duke’s Brandon Ingram, who averaged 17.3 points as the ACC freshman of the year. He is the latest young player on a team that will begin life without the retired Kobe Bryant next season.

Jaylen Brown headed to Boston

The Boston Celtics then began a busy night by picking California forward Jaylen Brown. Boston has eight picks in the two-round draft, starting with one it acquired from Brooklyn in 2013 in the deal that sent Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to the Nets.

Bender ended the run of three straight freshmen when the Suns selected the 7-1 forward who has been playing professionally for Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Milwaukee rounded out the top 10 with Thon Maker, originally from South Sudan, and Orlando followed with Domantas Sabonis, whose rights were quickly dealt to Oklahoma City along with Victor Oladipo and Ersan Ilyasova for forward Serge Ibaka.

The Minnesota Timberwolves used the No. 5 pick on Providence junior Kris Dunn, a two-time Defensive Player of the Year in the Big East who should fit nicely for new coach Tom Thibodeau.

A couple of the draft’s best shooters went next, with New Orleans grabbing All-American Hield from Oklahoma, and Denver picking Kentucky freshman Jamal Murray at No. 7. (AP)

Below is the summary of the 2016 NBA Draft:

PICK
TEAM NAME
PLAYER NAME
ROUND
1PhiladelphiaBen SimmonsFIRST ROUND
2Los Angeles LakersBrandon IngramFIRST ROUND
3Boston (From Brooklyn)Jaylen BrownFIRST ROUND
4PhoenixDragan BenderFIRST ROUND
5MinnesotaKris DunnFIRST ROUND
6New OrleansBuddy HieldFIRST ROUND
7Denver (From New York)Jamal MurrayFIRST ROUND
8Sacramento (for Phoenix Suns)Marquese ChrissFIRST ROUND
9Toronto (From Denver via New York)Jakob PoeltlFIRST ROUND
10MilwaukeeThon MakerFIRST ROUND
11OrlandoDomantas SabonisFIRST ROUND
12UtahTaurean PrinceFIRST ROUND
13Phoenix (From Washington)Georgios PapagiannisFIRST ROUND
14ChicagoDenzel ValentineFIRST ROUND
15Denver (From Houston)Juan HernangomezFIRST ROUND
16Boston (From Dallas)Guerschon YabuseleFIRST ROUND
17MemphisWade BaldwinFIRST ROUND
18DetroitHenry EllensonFIRST ROUND
19Denver (From Portland)Malik BeasleyFIRST ROUND
20IndianaCaris LeVertFIRST ROUND
21AtlantaDeAndre' BembryFIRST ROUND
22CharlotteMalachi RichardsonFIRST ROUND
23BostonAnte ZizicFIRST ROUND
24Philadelphia (From Miami via Cleveland)Timothe LuwawuFIRST ROUND
25Los Angeles ClippersBrice JohnsonFIRST ROUND
26Philadelphia (From Oklahoma City via Denver and Cleveland)Furkan KorkmazFIRST ROUND
27TorontoPascal SiakamFIRST ROUND
28Phoenix (From Cleveland via Boston) *traded to Sacramento KingsSkal LabissiereFIRST ROUND
29San AntonioDejounte MurrayFIRST ROUND
30Golden StateDamian JonesFIRST ROUND
31Boston (From Philadelphia via Miami)Deyonta DavisSECOND ROUND
32Los Angeles LakersIvica ZubacSECOND ROUND
33Los Angeles Clippers (From Brooklyn)Cheick DialloSECOND ROUND
34PhoenixTyler UlisSECOND ROUND
35Boston (From Minnesota via Phoenix)Rade ZagoracSECOND ROUND
36Milwaukee (From New Orleans via Sacramento)Malcolm BrogdonSECOND ROUND
37Houston (From New York via Sacramento and Portland)Chinanu OnuakuSECOND ROUND
38Milwaukee *traded to Golden State WarriorsPatrick McCawSECOND ROUND
39New Orleans (From Denver via Philadelphia)David MichineauSECOND ROUND
40New Orleans (From Sacramento)Diamond StoneSECOND ROUND
41OrlandoStephen ZimmermanSECOND ROUND
42UtahIsaiah WhiteheadSECOND ROUND
43HoustonZhou QiSECOND ROUND
44Atlanta (From Washington)Isaia CordinierSECOND ROUND
45Boston (From Memphis via Dallas)Demetrius JacksonSECOND ROUND
46DallasA.J. HammonsSECOND ROUND
47Orlando (From Chicago)Jake LaymanSECOND ROUND
48Chicago (From Portland via Cleveland)Paul ZipserSECOND ROUND
49DetroitMichael GbinijeSECOND ROUND
50IndianaGeorges NiangSECOND ROUND
51Boston (From Miami)Ben BentilSECOND ROUND
52Utah (From Boston via Memphis)Joel BolomboySECOND ROUND
53Denver (From Charlotte via Oklahoma City)Petr CornelieSECOND ROUND
54AtlantaKay FelderSECOND ROUND
55Brooklyn (From Los Angeles Clippers) *traded to Utah JazzMarcus Paige SECOND ROUND
56Denver (From Oklahoma City)Daniel HamiltonSECOND ROUND
57Memphis (From Toronto)Wang ZhelinSECOND ROUND
58Boston (From Cleveland)Abdel NaderSECOND ROUND
59Sacramento (From San Antonio)Isaiah CousinsSECOND ROUND
60Utah (From Golden State)Tyrone WallaceSECOND ROUND
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