DeAndre Ayton Already Has A Rivalry

No. 1 pick in draft Phoenix will rise behind ‘dangerous’ offense

Most of the projected lottery picks went in the lottery.

This marks the first time Arizona has had a player selected No. 1 overall.

The Big 12 fell far short of matching its seven NCAA berths with only three first-round picks.

DeAndre Ayton, is now the first No.1 one pick in National Basketball Association history to be selected by a team in the same state he played in college and high school, fans excited to see a great come to their team. Youth partly explains a two-year record of 57-107, including the 24-58 mark last season that landed Dallas the fifth pick before the draft-night trade with Atlanta on Thursday. "Hearing the cheers of the kids when I walk in is just fantastic".

The Atlanta Hawks swapped the rights to Doncic, the No. 3 pick who has spent the a year ago winning championships all over Europe, to Atlanta for Trae Young, the No. 5 selection from Oklahoma.

Coach Rick Carlisle dropped a few global names in trying to describe the versatility Dallas thinks is offered by the 6-foot-7 Doncic, who won Euroleague MVP and Final Four MVP honors while helping Real Madrid win the title just days before the draft.

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Will Deandre Ayton be the Phoenix Suns Answer on June 21
Following the workout, Ayton and Suns general manager Ryan McDonough addressed the media, here's what they had to say. Ayton is a "once in a lifetime" player that has that natural ability to do things that are just godlike.

"I've been talking to Dallas a lot". "They were very nice to me, and I think we had a very good relationship". "We were only going to put it in play if we had a chance to get a special player and that's how we feel about McKell". That's when I really got exposed, that's when the opportunities started, but it's just great.

The green room prospects have posed on stage for their traditional class photo and a few, including expected top-five picks Deandre Ayton and Luka Doncic, are sporting traditional navy suits. Since then, Mitchell has proved the Nuggets that they made a heartbreaking mistake by averaging 20.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 3.7 assists last season.

The choice came as no surprise to analysts who called it "the worst-kept secret" this year, to the characteristically boisterous crowd at Barclays Center - or to Ayton, who said after his only workout with the Suns, "I know I'm going No. 1". Marvin Bagley, selected by the Sacramento Kings at No. 2, has the third-best odds at 9/2.

The NBA has evolved from a league dominated by big men who could score on the inside to one where perimeter players now reign supreme with their shooting from the outside. But they ended up disappointed as NY went with Kentucky's Kevin Knox. If you look at where they usually draft it's in the teens to 20. "You don't always see it in professional sports", Rowley said. Basically, they didn't want Woj and others tweeting "The Orlando Magic are drafting Mo Bamba at No. 6..." a minute before the selection is announced live on television. "But they got Kevin Knox, and I'm willing to work and I'm willing to get better".

With the hopes of making up from the awful trade they a made a year ago, the Denver Nuggets took a chance on drafting Missouri forward Michael Porter Jr. The steep price paid by Chicago to pick up a non-lottery selection from New Orleans (22nd overall) back in February also might have scared off potential opportunists. But more than a half-hour after he was traded, and while he was doing media wearing a Sixers hat, Philadelphia traded him to Phoenix for Zhaire Smith, the 16th pick, and an unprotected first-round pick from the Miami Heat in 2021.

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