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Allen Iverson has some meaningful advice for Ben Simmons

When the 1996 No. 1 draft pick has a message for the 2016 No. 1 pick

The 1996 NBA draft was all about superstar Allen Iverson. The Hall of Famer was selected No. 1 overall by the Philadelphia 76ers.

Fast-forward to Thursday’s 2016 NBA draft two decades later, and the 76ers selected Melbourne, Australia-born forward Ben Simmons No. 1 overall. Iverson remembers the stress he felt on draft night, what a No. 1 pick means to Philadelphia, and shared some advice for Simmons.

“I just hope the man comes in here and gives the people what they deserve,” Iverson said.

“Just understand that it’s going to be some ups and it’s going to be some downs. But these people [76ers fans] will stick with you.”

Check out what the 11-time All-Star said about the NBA Finals, including his take on Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue and 2016 NBA Finals MVP LeBron James.

Kelley Evans is a general editor at The Undefeated. She is a food passionista, helicopter mom and an unapologetic southerner who spends every night with the cast of The Young and the Restless by way of her couch.