Why him: "There's little doubt, now that the lottery order is set, that the Suns will take Ayton first overall and hope the Arizona star becomes a Phoenix legend".
Phoenix had the best chance of winning the top pick after finishing with the league's worst win-loss record and the 2018 lottery stuck to script. You don't need to follow the NBA closely to know that Sacramento is basketball Siberia, a franchise with an owner who has made many silly decisions in recent years, and a front office that appears clueless.
The pick they had their eyes on belonged to the Los Angeles Lakers, which - had L.A. gotten one of top five picks - would have come to Boston courtesy of the trade with Philadelphia past year that landed the Celtics the No. 3 pick (Jayson Tatum) in 2017.
This comes after Alex Madrid of EuroHoops.net shared comments from Doncic suggesting he may not be done playing in the EuroLeague even at the conclusion of this season. We have yet to make this decision.
Suns already know three great candidates for No. 1 pick
The Suns had the worst defense in the National Basketball Association and finished with a 21-61 record.
Josh Jackson, who just completed his rookie season with Phoenix, represented the Suns on the stage, for the public announcement of what was drawn in secret about an hour earlier.
Why him: "Despite Phoenix's ties to Luka Doncic, the Suns can't afford to miss on this pick, and Ayton is the safer choice".
Essentially, the idea of the lottery is each team is given certain odds based on their regular season schedule. Josh Jackson was the team's first-round pick previous year and is expected to develop, but outside of those two players, there are a whole lot of question marks.
The Suns hired Igor Kokoskov as its head coach in the offseason, leading the speculation that the team could select 19-year old Slovenian wing Luka Doncic with the top overall pick. The Suns can't go wrong selecting in either direction as they could use help at the two spectrums of their lineup.
The question is: How did the 2018 NBA Draft Lottery impact the New York Knicks and the rest of the top 14 picks in the annual selection process? However, if the Suns are smart, they should make Ayton their future franchise center.
I look at this situation post-lottery, and think this would be an intriguing way to go.
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Basically my logic is that by drafting a big first overall, they could essentially pick a "veteran" guard later in the draft, and achieve multiple objectives at once.