National Basketball Association draft lottery: Phoenix Suns get first pick

National Basketball Association draft lottery: Phoenix Suns get first pick

National Basketball Association draft lottery: Phoenix Suns get first pick

Arizona freshman center Deandre Ayton is widely expected to be a strong candidate to go No. 1 overall, and he was at the lottery to watch the Suns win the pick.

A promising range of players sit in the mid-to-late lottery and on top of that, surely one or two of the consensus top-8 players will fall as well. A second option would be trading both picks to acquire a player from another team or to move up in the draft. The OKC Thunder historically have tough battles with the Suns and with the addition of a top draft choice things could get even more interesting next season. "Again, we've talked about the fortune that we've been able to live because of that, but my decision was totally based on the tradition and history combined with the ownership and front office, leadership and commitment to kind of just the process of growth that we want to bring every day". He is by no means a lockdown on-ball defender but his instincts and length are more than enough to be an impact defender. We went from five to six and we came away with Jonathan Isaac.

As you can see in some of the clips above, Bridges has a bit of scoring upside as well.

"Extremely excited", Jackson said after the Suns were announced as the victor.

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With players like DeAndre Jordan, Austin Rivers and Milos Teodosic possibly leaving this summer, the Clippers will need players that can come in and play and help get the organization going in the right direction. Thankfully for the Bulls, this is one of the deeper draft classes in quite some time. You don't have to work as hard as the guys who are 6-4 to stand out.

"He's never at any point said 100 percent that he's coming over next year".

Sexton has his flaws. The Slovenian point guard tearing up a professional league or the NCAA All-American First Team selection? He's a multi-dimensional defensive standout and a solid 3-point shooter.

Averaging a double-double per game as a rookie guard alone will get Young some attention. The playoffs consists of the top eight-seeded teams from the Eastern and Western Conference. "Elite physical tools, soft touch at the rim and a promising jump shot make Ayton the likely top pick", according to SI's latest Top 100 Prospect Rankings. "But Memphis, I think they're the ones who are going to be more ready to do something than others".

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"Hopefully we won't be sitting up here too much longer", Jackson said. He'd enjoy the spotlight of playing in NY, and could make for a tenacious defensive backcourt with Frank Ntilikina, something that will be a priority for new coach David Fizdale.

Scouts are concerned that Ayton lacked aggression at both ends.

When it comes to Ayton, there were two knocks on his game that anxious scouts this season: First, that he was not as engaged as he should have been, and he sometimes lacks passion, focus and intensity; and, second, that he did not dominate defensively the way he should have. I know for myself, working out, I think about that all the time.

He's a ridiculously skilled offensive player, as this short ESPN video runs through all he can do.

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Defensively, it would be ugly alongside Booker, but the rewards offensively might make up for it.

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