National Basketball Association draft -- Phoenix Suns select Deandre Ayton at No. 1

Deandre Ayton played a lot of Fortnite before NBA draft to calm his nerves

Deandre Ayton played a lot of Fortnite before NBA draft to calm his nerves

The Phoenix Suns entered perhaps the most important offseason in franchise history with the first overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, as well as selections at No. 16, No. 31 and No. 59. 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.

The Phoenix Suns stayed close to home for their first No. 1 pick.

The Dallas Mavericks has been looking for someone to replace their aging superstar Dirk Nowitzki. Doncic, who led Real Madrid to the Spanish and EuroLeague titles and led Slovenia to the European title last summer, might be just the player to live up to that hype.

"I've been talking to Dallas a lot", Doncic said. When I came to the United States, I knew what hard work was", Ayton said, "The hard work really starts now.

"I think we had a few things early, a few things in the middle and a few things late". Bridges shot almost 44% in his junior year of college basketball - a figure that you could see translating into the NBA in the future.

You need to be logged in to post a comment. That's when I really got exposed, that's when the opportunities started, but it's just great.

After that, it was a mostly straightforward draft with little fireworks, but plenty of national champion Villanova Wildcats. "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".

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Pick #1 Deandre Ayton and pick #59 George King played each other three times past year when Arizona and Colorado squared off.

This is a huge deal for the Suns, the seven-footer averaged 20.1 points, 11.6 rebounds, 1.9 blocks and recorded 24 double-doubles in his lone collegiate season.

"Having my name called to be the first pick for the Phoenix Suns was mind-blowing".

Marvin Bagley III, a 6ft 11in centre, was selected second by Sacramento Kings. "I haven't had the exposure in college to really guard big men, or the big men that I guard haven't really touched the ball or really do what they were supposed to do". But they ended up disappointed as NY went with Kentucky's Kevin Knox. "That's the same mindset I'm going to have", Knox said.

"The fans out there are unbelievable, the best fans in the world", Ayton said shortly after the announcement of the selection in NY.

Wendell Carter Jr. was taken No. 7 overall by the Chicago Bulls and that added to the total of Coach K and the Duke Basketball program, as Carter Jr. became the twenty-fifth NBA Lottery choice for the school and coach. Even the Los Angeles Clippers, who had the pressure of back-to-back lottery picks to toy with, made out well with two valuable assets.

Not only that, but McDonough engineered a last-minute trade for swingman Mikal Bridges of Villanova, the 10th pick. Besides being Xavier's second-leading all-time scorer and one of college basketball's premier shooters, the 6-foot-6 wing with the quick trigger avered 19.5 points per game as a senior and shot 41.7 percent from behind the arc.

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