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Written by Sam Gubner
The 76ers announced Tuesday that they would select Ben Simmons with the first pick overall in the 2016 NBA Draft. In turn the Lakers announced they will be selecting Duke shooting guard Brandon Ingram with the second overall pick. These picks were expected and not surprising to anyone, but now it’s time to see how they will do in terms of fantasy production.
Ben Simmons – Philadelphia 76ers
There has not been this much hype about a player coming out of college since LeBron James, so there is a lot to like about the LSU product. Simmons has a rare blend of basketball IQ and physical ability making him a future superstar of the league. If you leave the lane open, Ben Simmons will make you pay being able to drive and bring down a monster dunk or draw contact and get the foul. Simmons is a great rebounder, passer, and scorer with the only problem about him being that he isn’t a good jump shooter. Simmons was just an awful jump shooter last season only shooting a mere 32.9% from mid-range. Even with this, Simmons is a once in a lifetime talent and is now part of a young 76ers team loaded with talented players such as Ish Smith, Jahlil Okafor, and Nerlens Noel. The soon to be number one pick will be great from a fantasy perspective because he will make an impact right away while providing lots of points and rebounds. Not to mention, Simmons will get a boatload of assists because of his talented supporting cast. Simmons is a surefire second-fourth round pick in fantasy basketball, and is a gem in head-to-head category leagues.
Brandon Ingram – Los Angeles Lakers
Although he most likely won’t produce right away like Simmons, Ingram is still a great player. The Duke product has the length standing at 6’9″ and a wingspan of 7’3″, and the shooting capability to make him a valuable acquisition in this year’s draft. The last players to have the same length and three-point shooting percentage as Ingram were Robert Covington and Thunder superstar Kevin Durant. Ingram’s diverse skill set of shooting and ball-handling made him one of the more versatile players in college basketball, playing multiple positions while on Duke. Now on a Lakers team who desperately needed a small-forward after the retirement of Kobe Bryant, Ingram will fit in nicely into the young core on the Los Angeles Lakers featuring DeAngelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson, and Julius Randle. Because of his marksmanship and strong chances at getting multi-position eligibility, I would put Ingram as a fourth-sixth round pick.