Suns win NBA Draft Lottery, hold No. 1 pick

Grant SmithMay 18, 2018

But at this moment in time, the No. 1 pick has essentially come down to two names: DeAndre Ayton and Luka Doncic.

Depending on their record the season before, teams are each given a number of ping pong balls that are drawn out to decide draft order. This has to mean the Suns are selecting Doncic, right? "The odds coming in were that we would go from five to six".

Or the Kings could trade down in similar fashion to what Boston did last season and nab additional picks or assets in the process.

The first pick isn't the only pick the Suns will have in the draft too. That's four picks to play around with. Williams brought a good-luck charm into the room: a doll of Penny Hardaway's alter ego, Lil' Penny, from the mid-1990s.

Sacramento doesn't have their 2019 first rounder as it falls to Philadelphia thanks in part to that Nik Stasukas trade, so they need to make this draft count for this and next year.

Marcus Smart has been on familiar ground, or maybe even a tad lower, shooting 34.1 percent through his first nine playoff games, including 21.4 percent from 3-point range.

NBA draft lottery: Reaction around the league, and what's next

So how do they go about it? No matter what they might secretly or not-so-secretly hope, players entering the National Basketball Association (and the NFL) must pretty much go where they're told.

"I would like to see us get a big man, and I think the best big man in this draft is probably Deandre Ayton if you ask me", said Jackson via USA Today. It would be a wasted, high draft pick, but if there's even a chance this unwanted team can convince Doncic to play for them (only if a trade with the desired team never works out), then it's a home run in the long run. If the Mavericks could poach somebody like Tobias Harris or Avery Bradley along with both of those picks for the fifth overall pick, it might be something worth looking at. For now we'll leave him here because he's a good fit with Marc Gasol, but it's unclear if Memphis would go this direction or pursue someone who can help them win sooner.

Coming off an outrageously talented draft class past year, the upcoming draftees have a lot to live up to. "Pass-first player, always the ability to score and make the big shots, but he's a playmaker". "I say to Atlanta, we are on our way".

The Suns already possess the league's youngest team bursting with unrealised potential in a roster which includes Devin Booker, Jackson, Dragan Bender and Marquese Chriss. "He's willing to make a pass, he's willing to play for his teammates and make other people better on the court". Someone like J.J.

In an interview with ESPN's Cassidy Hubbarth, Ayton discussed the rise in global acclaim for Bahamian basketball in recent years with the popularity of himself and Buddy Hield. The GM says NY is 'in talent acquisition mode.' "We've got to get the highest level of talent that we can get on our roster and we'll figure out all of the positions once they get in there", he said on Alan Hahn's "Hahn Solo" radio show on ESPN 98.7 FM.

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