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76ers (Ben Simmons at No. 1), Lakers (Brandon Ingram at No. 2) open 2016 NBA draft with expected and correct picks

2016 NBA Draft

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 23: Ben Simmons walks on stage after being drafted first overall by the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round of the 2016 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center on June 23, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

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The 76ers got their No. 1 pick, and the Lakers got their No. 1 pick – if you believe the leaks.

Philadelphia selected Simmons with the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NBA draft, and the Lakers followed with the equally unsurprising Brandon Ingram at No. 2.

The Lakers reportedly would’ve selected Ingram if they landed the top pick, but the 76ers had to make the choice in this two-player draft (it wasn’t much of a choice if you ask me). The Lakers could just take whichever player was left.

Simmons brings hope to a franchise that gave up all pretenses of winning to get high draft picks. There’s a lot of pressure on him to justify the process, but Philadelphia fans are starving for any success. It’s not a high bar, and I think the talented Simmons will clear it.

Ingram steps into an even larger market, entering Kobe Bryant’s shadow on the wing for the Lakers. His shooting touch and length give him plenty of hope of flourishing.

With those two expected picks out of the way, the real intrigue of the draft begins at No. 3.