The Los Angeles Lakers selected Duke forward Brandon Ingram with the second overall pick in the National Basketball Association draft on Thursday night, adding another talented teenager to the rebuilding club's young core.
However, Brown, who coached Simmons' father in the NBL admits he was considering playing the former LSU star in a point guard role. Simmons had always been expected to be the first pick and ESPN reported this week that Philadelphia had already informed Simmons of their decision.
The Sixers also added a pair of worldwide prospects, selecting forward Timothe Luwawu from France with the No. 24 selection and, two picks later, shooting guard Furkan Korkmaz of Turkey.
Marquese Chriss was the highest draft pick who found himself on the move Thursday.
"The 19 year-end averaged 19 points a game in his only season in Baton Rouge".
Simmons worked out with the 76ers on Tuesday.
Even though Colangelo openly talked about potentially trading the Sixers later first round picks, they kept them and selected two talented European wings: Timothe Luwawu, a French small forward at 24 who averaged 14.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 2.8 assists in the Adriatic League, and shooting guard Furkan Korkmaz, who at 18 years old barely played for Anadolu Efes, one of the stronger teams in Turkey.
Many NBA draft experts had Simmons as the top overall prospect in this draft ever since he announced that he would be attending LSU.
The 76ers were the worst team in the National Basketball Association last season with just 10 wins in 82 games and did not do much better the previous two years.
"I had a good feeling when I was working out there".
Simmons learned during his press conference that fellow Aussie Thon Maker had been drafted at No. 10 by Milwaukee Bucks, and he said that two first-round picks from Australia showed the country's talent pool was growing. "I'm a 6-10 point forward to point guard".
"It's a very special situation", Simmons said.
Kupchak said about Ingram, "We look at him and his age and his body type, his willingness to work and be coached, so we think the upside and the potential in him, right now, there is no ceiling on him". "I see (the cameras) coming close to me, see my name". "Never once did he leave the expected first pick, and that doesn't happen very often". The Nets sent what would have been the third pick to Boston as part of the 2013 trade that landed them Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, while the first of Denver's three first-round picks comes as remaining payment from the Carmelo Anthony trade five years ago.
Zubac emerged as an National Basketball Association prospect over the past year, with many observers expecting him to go in the first round. Brett Brown, the head coach of the team remarked "I am so happy to have Ben in my squad".
Simmons is only the third all-time Sixers No. 1 selection. "Now I can get to work and know where I'm going to be". "He was one of those players that fought every day". "So if Ben just follows his lead, I think he'll do just fine". Hinkie's plan was to acquire enough ping-pong balls to get the No. 1 pick and build the team through the draft.