2. Philadelphia 76ers
Anytime a team comes away with the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft, it’s pretty safe to call them a winner. That holds true for the Philadelphia 76ers, who became the fifth team since 1990 to win the lottery with the worst record.
While Philadelphia is certainly ecstatic to have the choice between Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram, they are at least slightly disappointed to not be collecting the Lakers’ pick as well. In addition, many view Simmons as the logical No. 1 selection, but the power forward position is already one of great clutter for Philadelphia.
With Dario Saric, Jahlil Okafor, Joel Embid and Nerlens Noel already battling for minutes at power forward and center, adding another non-shooter in Simmons makes little sense. The most likely outcome is for the 76ers to shop some of their current talent to make room for the studly Australian point forward.
It’s a franchise-altering day for the 76ers, but one that had the potential to be even greater.