CHICAGO – Phoenix Sun's most important victory this year came on Tuesday when the franchise won the NBA Draft lottery in 2018.
Barry a trade, this will be the first No. 1 choice of suns in franchise history. After a league-worst 21-61 season Phoenix had the best chances to win the lottery. This is the fourth consecutive season in which the team with the best chance of winning first place took first place.
The Sacramento Kings will rank second and the Atlanta Hawks third. The NBA Draft is June 21 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
The Suns have an interesting decision to make as the franchise is familiar with two of the best prospects in this design.
Great Man DeAndre Ayton is expected to be one of the first players to be selected next month, and he played in the garden of the Suns in Arizona. He scored 20.1 points and 11.6 rebounds in his only season at the Wildcats and won the Pac-12 Player of the Year Award. The 7-foot center dominated the NCAA with 24 double-doubles on the season, the second highest by a freshman in Division I history, behind only Michael Beasley, who recorded 28 in 2007-2008 for Kansas State.  Real Madrid's Luka Doncic has been in the NBA radar for a while, earning the 2016-17 EuroLeague Rising Star Award while building his overseas game. At the age of 19, Doncic already has the kind of professional experience Scouts use to make fun of the NBA. Igor Kokoskov, coach of the New Suns, coached Doncic when the pair led Slovenia to a gold medal at last year's European Championship.
Another potential candidate for first place is Duke freshman Marvin Bagley III, who became the first Blue Devil story to lead the ACC in scoring and rebounding, averaging 21.0 points and 11.1 rebounds per game. The 19-year-old helped lead Duke into the elite Eight and has been one of only five players in a major conference over the past 25 years, averaging more than 20 points and more than 10 rebounds a season. This list includes Ayton, who achieved the same performance in Arizona, Oklahoma Blake Griffin (2008-09), Wake Forests Tim Duncan (1996-97), and Northwestern Evan Eschmeyer (1997-98).
The Suns have won the NBA lottery. Who will take them and where will the remaining top prospects end up?
This is the tenth consecutive year in which the Kings have opted in the top 10 made the playoffs since 2006, which is the longest active drought in the NBA.
The Hawks, who recently hired Lloyd Pierce as head coach, have their highest draft pick since they were ranked # 3 in 2007 – a Select them used on Al Horford.
This is the last year of this lottery system. In the next season, the three worst teams in the regular season each have the same chance of winning 14 percent in the lottery. This year's Suns, who were the last in the league, had a 25 percent chance of winning the lottery, while the Memphis Grizzlies had a 19.9 percent chance and the Dallas Mavericks had a 13.8 percent chance , The Grizzlies and Mavs landed at # 4 and # 5.
The rest of the lottery slotted as follows: Orlando Magic, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks, Philadelphia 76ers, Charlotte Hornets, LA Clippers (Picks Nos 12 and 13 ) and Denver Nuggets
The Cavs playing the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals probably had greater hopes for what became number 8. Cleveland acquired what the Brooklyn Nets of Boston voted in the Kyrie Irving trade.
Cleveland general manager Koby Altman said he thinks the team can find a valuable player at # 8.
"I think if I" Since we've gone through the process this year, I think it's a really deep draft, "Altman said," if I'd been sitting with [No.] 8 in the past few years , I might not say that. I think 8 is very valuable this year. "
Altman was also asked if he would consider swapping the range to find a veteran alongside LeBron James in the hope of adding the four-time MVP to it tempt to re-sign with the team.
"We intend to find out who we can get in this design and how he can help our team." Altmann said:
Information from ESPN's Dave McMenamin were used in this report.