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The Philadelphia 76ers are the big winners of the NBA Draft Lottery 2016

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There were no shocks at this years NBA Draft Lottery as not one franchise moved up beyond their projected pick.

The Philadelphia 76ers secured the number one overall pick and become only the sixth team since the draft era began in 1985 to secure the top pick with the worst record.

Sixers head coach Brett Brown was in New York to oversee proceedings for his organisation and he could't hide his delight after finally securing a superstar pick after going third for the past two years in a row.

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"The city has endured a lot over the past three seasons," Brown said. "I felt like we were doing the right things all along the way. We were never skipping steps. We put in good days. Our process was questioned. At times fair enough."

Much to their relief, the L.A. Lakers secured the second top pick after the lottery balls fell kindly for the purple and gold. General manager Mitch Kupchak was in the Big Apple to represent the Lakers and some of the organisation's best-laid plans could have been foiled if the pick fell outside of the top three.

Despite finishing with a terrible record of 17-65 last season, the Lakers would have had to surrender their first-round pick to Philadelphia if it landed outside the top three, due to the protections negotiated into the 2012 Steve Nash trade.

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Fortunately, the Lakers rebuild will now get a jump start as they enjoy the second pick for the second year running. With Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram the two top prospects in this year's draft class, Kupchak is likely to take whichever one the Sixers don't, or, they could trade away their pick to secure a ready-made star who can fill Kobe Bryant's illustrious sneakers right now.

Kupchak was understandably relieved with the outcome on Tuesday night.

"To have a season like we had and not have something to show for it is not the way we wanted it to go," said Kupchak, who drafted D'Angelo Russell with the second overall pick last year. "Have we gotten used to having Kobe around? Yeah ... not having Kobe around, that's an adjustment. Absolutely. It's been a 20-year run."

"Trust me, everybody up there, even if they don't have a contingency like we did, is very nervous," Kupchak said. "What made our situation unique is we ended up No. 2 [but if we] fall to 4 or 5 [we] lose the pick. That adds to the drama that really, at this stage in my life, is unnecessary."

New York Knicks v Boston Celtics - Game Four

The Boston Celtics, who have a grand total of eight draft picks this season, grabbed the third overall pick as projected courtesy of their deal with the Brooklyn Nets for Kevin Garnett. However, they are still yet to enjoy the top pick since the draft's inception.

The rest of the lottery saw in chronological order: Phoenix, Minnesota, New Orleans, Denver (via New York), Sacramento, Toronto (via Denver), Milwaukee, Orlando, Utah, Phoenix (via Washington) and Chicago to round off the top 14 picks.

The NBA draft will take place on June 23 in New York. You can expect plenty of movement from NBA front offices before then.

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