Armed with the first overall pick - along with the #16, #31 and #59 selections - no team was better positioned to bolster its core than Phoenix. Talk about awkward. Anything the Cavs do to retain The King will likely include packaging their newest draft pick in a trade for another star, just like they did with Andrew Wiggins in 2014.
The Suns are far from a finished product, but Ayton, together with Booker and the rest of the talented cast of youngsters on the team, Phoenix's future is starting to look at least a little bit brighter.
Phoenix Suns' Mikal Bridges, left, and Deandre Ayton, right, laugh as they answer a question as the team introduces their NBA basketball draft picks Friday, June 22, 2018, in Phoenix. The guard only arrived in NY on Wednesday after helping Spain's Real Madrid win its league championship after he won Euroleague MVP and Final Four MVP honors when they won that title this year. It was one of only two teams in the previous 20 seasons to finish last in both offensive and defensive efficiency, joining the historically bad 2011-12 Bobcats (worst win percentage in National Basketball Association history, .106).
"I've been talking to Dallas a lot", Doncic said. Those are heavy expectations for a 19 year old, but he just might have the ceiling to do that just. I told my mom, you think we were working, but the hard work really starts now.
NBA teams employ numerous front office executives, scouts and coaches equipped with the knowledge, money and information needed to make multi-million dollar decisions about young basketball players. "I want to start my own thing".
DeAndre Ayton, at 13/5, is listed as the favorite to win the award. Ayton was the Pac-12 Player of the Year, averaging 20.1 points and 11.6 rebounds per game. Former Michigan State big man Jaren Jackson Jr. was one of those players, as he was selected with the No. 4 overall pick by the Memphis Grizzlies. "Somebody kind of mumbled, 'Just be prepared you might get traded.' And I was like 'what did you say?'"
The NBA has evolved from a league dominated by big men who could score on the inside to one where perimeter players now reign supreme with their shooting from the outside.
Multiple reports had him declining to work out for the team, who ultimately went with Alabama's Collin Sexton with the eighth pick. On draft night, it should be about what's next for them in the league. "That's the same mindset I'm going to have", Knox said. Basically, they didn't want Woj and others tweeting "The Orlando Magic are drafting Mo Bamba at No. 6..." a minute before the selection is announced live on television.
"(I grew) up around that brand, I'm used to that brand", Ayton said.
With concerns over back problems that limited him to only three games at Missouri last season, followed by a recent hip injury that he believe scared off teams, Porter ended up falling all the way to Denver at No. 14, the last lottery position.