At #1, they snagged a potential franchise center in Arizona's Deandre Ayton. With that being said, the Philadelphia 76ers missed out on an opportunity to do exactly that, instead trading down in the draft to pick up point guard Zhaire Smith from the Suns, who drafted him with their other first-round pick.
"Having my name called to be the first pick for the Phoenix Suns was mind-blowing", Ayton said. "It's breathtaking that my name was called ... and then his name was called".
With Ayton and Bridges now officially in the fold, the next step is to figure out how to best match their games with the current group of Suns players. If there's a weakness, it's his defense, although he has all the tools to be a quality rim protector given time.
Michael Porter Jr. insists that he's the best player in this draft.
"Most definitely", he said.
"He was first on our board coming into the workout", McDonough said, "and then he blew us away in the workout, which I think you guys probably gathered from my tone. Being down low and really trying to be dominant".
The 19-year-old Missouri product, who played in just three games last season after undergoing back surgery, was projected by many as a top-five pick and could be a franchise cornerstone in Denver if he stays healthy. His 24 double-doubles tied for the second-most ever by a freshman in Division I history. If the NBA draft is developing into a reality show, how soon until other ESPN/ABC (both Disney) NBA events like All-Star Weekend and End of Year Awards are ruined? The rookie joins an offense that's ranked near the bottom of the league in Pace each of the last two seasons, but the team continues to get younger, and Doncic's terrific passing is going to give Dallas an entirely new feel in 2018/19.
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Ayton won't have to get adjusted to his new zip code. "If such a change were to happen", Lowe wrote, "it could create a single draft loaded with the best prospects from two consecutive high school classes". The University of Arizona is just a couple of hours down Interstate 10.
But he emerged above the rest in the pre-draft process. "I don't know if something's going on around the league and people are a little hesitant with personnel and just wanted to do draft picks tonight", he said. "So I just want to let the world know that".
It is worth noting, that Phoenix has young talent in Devin Booker and Josh Jackson, but beyond that, not much is known on how they will be moving forward. I never thought we would be on the same team.
For most of their half-century in existence, the Phoenix Suns have coveted a big-time center.
Ayton's tenure with the Wildcats wasn't without controversy.
As a contrast, only four NCAA consensus first or second-team All-Americans were taken among the first 15 selections. His mother Tyneeha Rivers works in human resources for the Sixers' parent company, but their story together in Philly proved short-lived. 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.