The Philadelphia 76ers made official what has already been known for a while, selecting LSU product Ben Simmons with the first overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft on Thursday night in Brooklyn, New York.
The Sixers welcomed Simmons into the fold after NBA Commissioner Adam Silver called his name:
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Philadelphia seemed to be happy with the selection, via Cody Worsham of Tiger Rag:
Bleacher Report connected Simmons to the man Philadelphia selected the last time it had the No. 1 overall selection:
The NBA on ESPN showcased one of Simmons' highlights from LSU that Philadelphia fans can look forward to seeing:
Skip Bayless, as he is wont to do, made sure to get in some digs at Simmons:
On a more positive note, Simmons received a nice welcome to the City of Brotherly Love from one of his new teammates and a former 76ers legend:
ESPN's Jay Bilas, who is not known for hyperbole, offered high praise of Simmons during the network's telecast (via Andrew Perloff of Sports Illustrated):
Here are the rest of the best tweets following Simmons' selection in the NBA draft:
Now that Simmons is officially with the 76ers, the real work begins. He's joining a franchise in desperate need of hope after posting a 47-199 record over the last three years and not making the playoffs since 2012.
The 6'9" Simmons is more dynamic and versatile than recent Sixers draft picks such as Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor. He gives the franchise its high-ceiling superstar to build around. The path to success does not end with the former LSU star, but he's a great way for the Sixers to start getting better.