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76ers take Simmons with No. 1 pick

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NEW YORK (AP) Ben Simmons went from Down Under to the top of the NBA draft, and a record number of international players followed.

The Philadelphia 76ers took the Australian with the No. 1 pick on Thursday night, making him the first of a record 14 international players chosen in the first round.

Nearly half the selections in the 30-pick round were international players, topping the 12 international players chosen in the first round in 2013.

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Rebounds Per Game
Rank Name RPG
1 A. Drummond, Det14.8
2 D. Jordan, LAC13.8
3 H. Whiteside, Mia11.8
4 D. Howard, Hou11.8
5 D. Cousins, Sac11.5
6 P. Gasol, Chi11.0
7 R. Gobert, Uta11.0
8 K. Towns, Min10.5
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2 D. Jordan, LAC2.30
3 R. Gobert, Uta2.21
4 A. Davis, NO2.05
5 P. Gasol, Chi2.03
6 S. Ibaka, OKC1.90
7 K. Porzingis, NY1.86
8 P. Millsap, Atl1.72
9 B. Lopez, Bkn1.70
10 K. Towns, Min1.68
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