Suns win draft lottery, Cavs will pick eighth

Annette Crawford
May 18, 2018

Lady Luck has finally smiled on the Phoenix Suns.

The Bulls got unlucky in the National Basketball Association lottery as they got the seventh pick.

According to Alex Madrid of EuroHoops.net, while speaking with reporters at the EuroLeague Final Four press conference, Doncic hinted that he might stay in Europe instead of getting drafted by the Phoenix Suns or Sacramento Kings, who have the #1 and #2 picks. Ever since, they've been treading water with a roster full of young players, draft busts and Tyson Chandler (plus Greg Monroe for a bit). The plan, McDonough said, is to add some veterans to mold what will be a young core led by the likes of Devin Booker, Jackson and potentially whoever the No. 1 pick is next month. The power forward averaged 10.9 points per game and 5.8 rebounds per contest while averaging only 21.8 minutes per game.

The Sixers have the 26th pick in the draft in June but they could earn another first-round pick, depending on what lottery balls are drawn in Chicago. "Just made history. First time in the history of the franchise that we got (a) first pick and we have a chance to choose who (we) really like and who we think can change the franchise". They even traveled global to scout Luka Dončić. Helping the NBA's worst defense is a bigger need.

Well for one, the Suns had no idea Doncic would be available to them in the draft when they hired Kokoskov, and Kokoskov himself says the team is not locked in on one guy at No. 1 overall in the NBA Draft.

With the Phoenix Suns winning the NBA Lottery selection on Tuesday night their choice seems to be down to two guys, Arizona Wildcat big man Deandre Ayton or Luka Doncic from Slovakia.


"Ayton is a 7'1" center who moves very quickly considering his large frame. "And our hope and our goal is to be a lot better next year". He has the ability to knock down a 15-foot jumper, although it is not consistent.

Wikimedia Commons/TonyTheTigerDeAndre Ayton competes at the 2017 McDonald's All-American Boys Game which took place at the United Center in Chicago, IL. He needs to improve defensively, but has all the tools to be a quality rim protector.

The last player Orlando could consider with the 6th pick is somewhat of a wild card having only played a handful of games at the college level.

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. Teams could switch and put the smaller guard on Ayton, allowing him to score in a mismatch.

Selecting a big man this early in the draft can alter a franchise's direction.

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