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NBA draft lottery: Suns take no. 1 overall pick as Kings & Hawks to select 2nd, 3rd

Arizona Wildcats center DeAndre Ayton has to be considered the overwhelming favorite to go number one overall to the Suns, who need a complement to Devin Booker.


Kahron Spearman


The Phoenix Suns won the 2018 NBA draft lottery.

 

With the league-worst 21-61 season, Phoenix had the best odds to win the lottery and its the first time they've won it.

 

The Sacramento Kings will pick second, with the Atlanta Hawks selecting third. The NBA draft is June 21 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

 

"It's a historic day for the franchise," Suns general manager Ryan McDonough said to ESPN, while clutching the No. 1 envelope.

His skill development is mind-boggling. Pivoting, passing, pure jump shot strokethings that you have to be trained from second grade, he has. He has uncanny fundamentals.

The Suns' lottery win is the fourth straight season in which the team with the best chance to end up with the No. 1 selection got the top spot.

 

Do not be fooled with the specter of Slovenian guard Luka Doncic. Arizona Wildcats center DeAndre Ayton has to be considered the overwhelming favorite to go number one overall and would be a puzzle-fit complement for guard Devin Booker.

 

He averaged 20.1 points and 11.6 rebounds with 24 double-doubles in his freshman season, earning the Pac-12 Player of the Year award.

That's not to say Doncic isn't going to be an excellent player.

 

The ultra-skilled and sturdy 19-year-old, who's played 172 games in Liga ACB (Spain) and Euroleague - averaged 14.6 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.7 assists throughout the 2017-18 campaign. 

 

However, if you can locate a player who can be an all-time center like Ayton, you take him every time. 

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