Basketball – Aussie Simmons taken first in entry draft

Basketball - Aussie Simmons taken first in entry draft– Philadelphia selected Ben Simmons with the first overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft, making the Australian forward the first 76ers top pick since Allen Iverson 20 years ago. The 19-year-old playmaker from Melbourne is also the third Australian-born player taken first overall, joining Kyrie Irving (2011) and Andrew Bogut (2005). The Los Angeles Lakers chose small forward Brandon Ingram with the second overall pick and the Boston Celtics made forward Jaylen Brown the third pick. Simmons averaged 19.2 points, 11.8 rebounds and 4. …

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