Sixers Win The 2016 NBA Draft Lottery

The 2016 NBA Draft Lottery is now complete, and this year’s winner is the Sixers. Philadelphia will have its choice of the consensus top-two of former LSU combo forward Ben Simmons and former Duke small forward Brandon Ingram. While snagging the top pick in June is certainly a boon, the excitement of the night should be tempered by the fact that no team with the No. 1 overall pick has won the NBA title within two years of making that pick since the Spurs took home the championship in 1999 after drafting Tim Duncan in 1997. This trend will likely continue during the 2016/17 campaign, but if the right call is made on draft night the Sixers could begin laying the foundation for future success.

The Sixers finally landed the elusive top overall pick, having had a 25% chance of the ping-pong balls dropping in their favor. Also notable from tonight’s lottery results is that the Lakers will retain their 2016 first-rounder, with Philadelphia being set to take it if the pick fell out of the top three. Former NBA player Dikembe Mutombo caused a bit of a stir earlier this evening when he tweeted a congratulatory message to Philly for winning the draft lottery (h/t Kieran Darcy of The tweet has since been deleted, but it should be noted for conspiracy theorists that the lottery had not occurred when Mutombo relayed his message.

Here are all 60 picks that, barring trades, are officially set in stone for June 23rd:

First Round

Lottery Picks

  1. Sixers
  2. Lakers
  3. Celtics
  4. Suns
  5. Timberwolves
  6. Pelicans
  7. Nuggets (from  Knicks)
  8. Kings
  9. Raptors (from Nuggets)
  10. Bucks
  11. Magic
  12. Jazz
  13. Suns (from Wizards)
  14. Bulls

Remainder of first round

15. Nuggets (via Rockets)
16. Celtics (via Mavericks)
17. Grizzlies
18. Pistons
19. Nuggets (via Trail Blazers)
20. Pacers
21. Hawks
22. Hornets
23. Celtics
24. Sixers (via Heat)
25. Clippers
26. Sixers (via Thunder)
27. Raptors
28. Suns (via Cavaliers)
29. Spurs
30. Warriors

Second round

31. Celtics (via Sixers)
32. Lakers
33. Clippers (via Nets)
34. Suns
35. Celtics (via Timberwolves)
36. Bucks (via Pelicans)
37. Rockets (via Knicks)
38. Bucks
39. Pelicans (via Nuggets)
40. Pelicans (via Kings)
41. Magic
42. Jazz
43. Rockets
44. Hawks (via Wizards)
45. Celtics (via Grizzlies)
46. Mavericks
47. Magic (via Bulls)
48. Bulls (via Trail Blazers)
49. Pistons
50. Pacers
51. Celtics (via Heat)
52. Jazz (via Celtics)
53. Nuggets (via Hornets)
54. Hawks
55. Nets (via Clippers)
56. Nuggets (via Thunder)
57. Grizzlies (via Raptors)
58. Celtics (via Cavaliers)
59. Kings (via Spurs)
60. Jazz (via Warriors)

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