The first two picks in the 2016 NBA Draft went as everybody expected with the Philadelphia 76ers selecting LSU’s Ben Simmons and the Los Angeles Lakers taking Duke’s Brandon Ingram. The 76ers took the suspense out of the evening by leaking out to the media a few days before the draft that they had already informed Simmons their intentions of taking him with the first pick . The same occured with the Lakers and Ingram.
Simmons skill set for a guy at 6’10 was too much to pass up for the 76ers, despite their log jam in their front court with their other recent lottery picks Jahlil Okafor, Nerlens Noel and Joel Embiid. Simmons has a combination of point guard like skills and elite level athleticism in a power forward’s body.
— raining3s (@raining3sdotcom) June 23, 2016
The Lakers get a player in Brandon Ingram that fits perfectly with their current young core in terms of position and skill set. Ingram is a long (7’3 wingspan) small forward that has a nice stroke from the outside, can defend multiple positions and competes.
The Lakers also picked up Ivica Zubac in the 2nd round. Zubac is a 19 year old center from Croatia.