While the Cleveland Cavaliers, Toronto Raptors, Oklahoma City Thunder, and Golden State Warriors continue to battle it out for the most prized championship in the basketball world, other teams (particularly bad ones) geared up to win another prize for their respective franchises: the top young talent in the upcoming NBA Draft Lottery.

Philadelphia secures top pick in draft

It can be argued that the 76ers as an organization have made a business out of tanking -- and it's working.

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After amassing horrible record after horrible record over the course of the last few seasons, Philadelphia managed to secure the top pick in next year's draft. While the team did start to pick up the level of their play with the edition of Point Guard Ish Smith, it's hard to ignore the fact that the 76ers have more or less made a habit of tanking in the hope of securing high draft picks, and, no matter how you look at it, it's a strategy that appears to be working.

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Los Angeles Lakers secure number 2 pick for second consecutive year

With the post-Kobe Bryant era now in full swing, the Los Angeles Lakers came away with the number 2 selection in the upcoming draft. Without Kobe suiting up, it's no secret that the Lakers need all the help they can get as they try to transition into this next phase of Laker Basketball. With a young core that includes the likes of Jordan Clarkson, Julius Randle, and D'Angelo Russell, and with the upcoming number 2 pick, it seems that the Lakers are certainly on a path to fill their ranks with the top young talent in the country. That said, whether or not the acquisition of such talent eventually translates into winning ways has yet to be seen.

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Ben Simmons or Brandon Ingram?

Barring some unforeseen injury or act of God, the top two picks in the draft are more or less secure, the one thing that remains to be seen is which of these two teams will get the top two players. Simmons is likely to be taken number 1 overall, as he averaged 19.2 points and 11.8 rebounds last year for LSU. Standing 6-10, he is definitely a big body that can help whichever team ultimately selects him, and he will be a solid player, by all accounts.

Ingram averaged 17.3 points and 6.8 rebounds a game last year for Duke. He has a shooters touch and the ability to space the floor. At 6-9, he is also a big body that can give opposing players some trouble, as his length can also be a factor on the defensive end. It's possible that he may get pushed around at the professional level by bigger bodies in the league, but if he puts the work in to build some muscle and to improve his strength, conditioning, and footwork, he has the potential to be a formidable force in the future.

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