So which city has produced the most NBA Number 1 picks in the modern era?
Think South and not New Orleans or Boston.
Ben Simmons has just become the third NBA number 1 pick born in Melbourne in just twelve years.
Simmons was taken with pick 1 today by the Philadelphia 76ers after tearing it apart for LSU.
Simmons who has been highly rated by the likes of LeBron James, AI and Magic Johnson is the third Melbourne born basketballer to be taken at number 1 in recent years.
Andrew Bogut and Kyrie Irving went at Number 1 in 2005 and 2001 respectively.
Congratulations @BenSimmons25. I know you’ll make all of us Philly fans proud!!
— Allen Iverson (@alleniverson) June 23, 2016
Melbourne World’s Leading City For NBA Number 1 Picks
Melbourne now overtakes both Chicago and Toronto, both of whom have produced 2 number one picks in the modern era: Derrick Rose and Anthony Davis for Chicago, Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett for Toronto.
Only Chicago has produced more number one picks ever.
The city that is often touted as Australia’s sporting capital now has even more bragging rights with their new number one pick Ben Simmons and NBA Champion Matthew Dellavedova.
— jarryd hayne (@JarrydHayne) June 24, 2016
Simmons who is mates with Demons star Christian Petracca by all reports could have been a gun AFL player.
“He was a really good tap ruckman and used to feed it down my throat in the midfield,” Petracca said.
“I reckon if he played AFL he would be a superstar.”
“He could kick, he could run and he was just a freak. You had confidence in him and he had confidence in himself which was probably the best thing about him – he knows he was good and knows he would dominate which was the best thing.”
Let’s give him a few years with the 76ers and the NBA and see how the big fella goes- but it’s always good to have a plan B!
by Michael T. Lynch – contributor