Currently, two prospects have stood out from the pack in terms of their chances of being selected first overall and they are the University of Arizona's DeAndre Ayton and Real Madrid's Luka Doncic. "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.
"Ultimately when you're in this position you would love to have the first pick", Michael Finley said. "To be honest with you, we have to play well". I just don't see the Suns giving this pick up.
Prior to the lottery, several mock drafts had Bagley headed to the Dallas, which now has the No. 5 pick.
"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".
The Magic came away with the sixth overall pick. The middle of this lottery is full of bigs, though, and the order they go off the board could easily shift around. "They obviously were the most disappointed with the way the lottery went and the options they have now". It would be a wasted, high draft pick, but if there's even a chance this unwanted team can convince Doncic to play for them (only if a trade with the desired team never works out), then it's a home run in the long run.
Coming off an outrageously talented draft class past year, the upcoming draftees have a lot to live up to. "Pass-first player, always the ability to score and make the big shots, but he's a playmaker".
The Suns have a need at point guard, and the possibility of pairing Doncic with Devin Booker and Josh Jackson on the perimeter is tantalizing. Things have gotten so out of hand that the NBA is reforming the lottery rules next year in order to give less of a reward, in this case, ping pong balls, to teams that intentionally lose basketball games. He's a vocal leader, and he's going to score. They've missed the playoffs in each of those seasons, winning 25 or fewer games in half of those years. It's a divisive approach given New York's specific needs, but Perry is of the belief that what the team needs most is talent.
I look at this situation post-lottery, and think this would be an intriguing way to go.
The first one we will talk about is Arizona freshman C, DeAndre Ayton (7-1, 250 lbs). The standout shooting guard was the 2016 Most Improved Player. The last time the purple and white had a pick this high was back in the 1991 draft when they had the third overall pick.
That means Memphis will look to move down, likely with a wing - small forwards Mikal Bridges or Miles Bridges, most likely - in mind.