National Basketball Association draft lottery: Phoenix Suns get first pick

National Basketball Association draft lottery: Phoenix Suns get first pick

The Orlando Magic were saddled with the No. 6 pick in this year's NBA Draft after Tuesday's lottery. "Obviously, we hoped for the best and wanted to come out with a top-three pick, but you just take the results and now it's time to go to work".

Twenty-one-year-old Devin Booker is already one of the most lethal scorers in the National Basketball Association, and last year's top pick, Josh Jackson, was great down the stretch during his rookie year. The two top prospects in this draft are Arizona's Deandre Ayton and Real Madrid's Luka Doncic, and both have been touted as potential franchise stars.

The 76ers retained their pick for this season as it fell to No 10 overall, if it had gone between No 2 and No 5 the selection would have gone to the Celtics by way of last summer's trade.

If he's on the board, Ayton should be an easy pick for Sacramento. Because he attended the University of Arizona, he would be an instant hit with Phoenix fans.

If they draft Ayton, the Suns can easily slot him in as their starting center.

The stats are also another reason to really like Ayton. The NBA has become a guard's league, but he is just too good to pass on.

NY has expressed interest in the likes of Mikal Bridges, Miles Bridges, Luka Doncic, Kevin Knox, Michael Porter Jr., and Collin Sexton. They don't have to overthink this process much. With Len and Monroe out of the way, Ayton can be paired with Tyson Chandler to learn a few pointers from the veteran in the final year of his long-term deal. There's a reason why you get homecourt advantage if you have a better record throughout the year because there is the idea that if you get to sleep in your own bed, play in front of your home crowd, then that's a good thing.

The Kings will have to make this years selection count.


However, Jackson has incredible upside, not only averaging.513 from the field, but he is a solid free-throw shooter for a big man as well, averaging almost 80%. He's so skilled offensively as a ball handler and passer, he's a great rebounder, and eventually he should be a high-level shooter. While odds say that there will eventually be a regression to the mean, betting on the Nuggets moving up is a sketchy proposition. That Spurs team had Tim Duncan alternating between power forward and center most nights.

But the biggest news will be made by 14 pingpong balls that will decide who drafts No. 1 next month.

Phoenix Suns: Let's begin with the obvious.

His team has missed the playoffs for six consecutive years.

Porter has elite size and quickness.

Half of the mock drafts now project Texas center Mohamed Bamba going fifth to Dallas, and none have Bagley joining the Mavs. His defensive skills are his best assets, but his lack of offensive use could be the reason why the Suns will pass on making him their No.1 pick.

Where might other Triangle players land out of the 60 picks in the draft?

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