Brett Brown insists the Philadelphia 76ers are yet to choose their number one draft pick

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The Philadelphia 76ers finally got the slice of luck their slow and painful rebuild needed on Tuesday evening when they secured the first overall pick at the 2016 NBA Draft Lottery.

It's been a difficult last three years for the Sixers faithful. They've had to endure a combined record of 47-199 over that period with last season their worst in franchise history and the third worst ever since the NBA began.

Still, the pieces to the progressive puzzle are beginning to form. After two consecutive number three picks that brought the Sixers big men Jahlil Okafor and Joel Embiid, Philly missed out on securing talents like Andrew Wiggins or Karl-Anthony Towns.

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That's not the case this year. The Pennsylvania franchise has the pick of the draft class and the last time they had the number one pick overall, a young man named Allen Iverson arrived to turn the organisation upside down.

So, what do coach Brett Brown and the Philadelphia front office intend to do with their golden pick?

"The truthful answer from our side is ... we are still digging in," he told ESPN Radio's Russillo and Kanell. "We are still acquiring information.

"The mock drafts obviously favour Brandon Ingram and Ben Simmons. We get that. But we very much are still going through the process of trying to learn as much as we can. The responsibility of trying to get this right carries a lot of weight."

While Brown did refrain from revealing too much, he did reserve special praise for the longtime projected number one pick, Simmons.

Brown coached the 2012 Australian Olympic team in London and Simmons is of Australian descent. The Sixers tactician also lived Down Under for 17 years and coached Simmons' father during that time.

Having known the LSU power forward since he was a little boy, Brown knows an awful lot about the prospect.

"He's got a hint of Magic, and at times, you can see a younger LeBron where you are not sure what position he is," Brown told Fox Sports. "One moment you think he is a 4 (power forward), maybe he is a 3 (small forward), he looks comfortable handling the ball.

"When you say, 'What is his identifiable elite NBA skill?' most people will go immediately to passing.

"When you take that collection of comments, and you add it into a 6-foot-10 frame, the comparison to those two players could be a little reckless and ambitious, but there is no denying he really does come to the draft with a very unique skill package."

To be likened to LeBron James and Magic Johnson is a tremendous compliment for any young player. However, with Nerlens Noel accompanying Okafor and Embiid as young big men in the Philadelphia frontcourt, does acquiring Simmons make much sense?

Come draft day on June 23, we'll see if Brown's deep knowledge of Simmons plays a part in who they select.

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