But they have a new coach in Kokoskov, a promising young core and after winning the draft lottery on Tuesday night (Wednesday, Manila time), a chance to pick No. 1 overall at the draft in NY next month.
Doncic, a pillar for Real this season despite his relative lack of experience, is widely expected to be one of the top picks at the National Basketball Association draft on June 21 in NY.
Mohamed Bamba (+1500) - 6'11, 225 - another big man that could hear his name being called up among the top 5 picks is Mohamed Bamba. Their first pick on June 21 will be 10th overall. Drummond, only 24 now, is still developing, but has led the league in rebounding twice and was chosen for two All-Star teams.
They also will have their own pick, which had a 96 percent chance of being 13th.
Weltman said the team soon will start to schedule workouts and interviews in Orlando with prospects. The Sacramento Kings obtained the second selection. Can't wait to see what Vlade Divac will do.
With that info, most experts believe the top four in the draft will be Ayton, Doncic, Marvin Bagley and Jaren Jackson, although of that group, Jackson would be the top candidate to fall to fifth or lower. Instead, he is the kind of player that can easily integrate his game into any system he is placed in, which may make him a more ideal choice for Phoenix.
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It's part of a big week already for the Suns, who introduced Igor Kokoskov as their new coach Monday and now will have the chance to pick No. 1. Kokoskov coached Slovenia - and Doncic - to the gold medal at the European championships last summer.
Deandre Ayton might be going back to Arizona after all. Unlike Ayton, he's expected to work at the draft combine that commences in earnest in Chicago on Thursday, and he will be on the Suns' radar.
"The great thing about the lottery is it makes all of us into fans", Weltman added.
Or the Kings could trade down in similar fashion to what Boston did last season and nab additional picks or assets in the process. Here is The Post's first stab at doing so, as we project how the lottery portion of the first round (plus the Washington Wizards' pick) will play out next month in Brooklyn. Minnesota will be the team who collects on the pick based on returning assets from the Rubio trade.
In 2010, the Indiana Pacers used the 10th pick to select Paul George, out of Fresno State.
It feels like it's more a matter of "when" than "if" in terms of a Leonard deal, and the Clippers are among the top suitors to land him, according to OddsShark. Presti could also pair the picks to move up. Still teams like the Raptors who picked up undrafted Fred VanVleet and turned 46th pick Norman Powell into a contributor demonstrated unexpected gems do exist.
In the coming weeks TI will run our annual draft prospect series.