Phoenix Suns to pick first in 2018 National Basketball Association draft

May 16, 2018, 13:39
Phoenix Suns to pick first in 2018 National Basketball Association draft

Barring a trade, this will be the Suns' first No. 1 overall pick in franchise history.

The Suns, an NBA-worst 21-61 this season, had the highest odds at the No. 1 pick at 25 percent entering the drawing.

The Sacramento Kings nabbed the No. 2 overall pick, while the Atlanta Hawks rounded out the top 3 of the lottery on Tuesday, May 15 (Wednesday, May 16 in Manila) at Palmer House Hilton in Chicago.

Now we wait until June 21, when the NBA Draft occurs! The Hawks are now a lock to land a blue chipper to build their team around whether that be Luka Doncic, Marvin Bagley, or Jaren Jackson. Nobody will have a better idea of what to expect from Doncic than Phoenix, given that Kokoskov coached him as part of the Slovenia team that won last summer's EuroBasket. "I think we'll have a great choice, no matter who we select".

Getting the top pick should produce a player that will take the Suns out of their 2,911 day drought of a postseason game.

Whoever the Suns take in next month's draft, he will join a young core group that includes Jackson and Devin Booker.

A lot will change between now and draft night.

The Orlando Magic will pick sixth, followed by the Chicago Bulls seventh and Cleveland Cavaliers eighth.

The Cavs, who traded away guard Kyrie Irving to the Celtics last summer, acquired a number of players and assets, one of which was the Brooklyn Nets' 2018 unprotected first round pick.

But the following is my first post-lottery mock draft.

The 76ers got the Lakers' pick at No. 10. 12 and 13 with the Detroit Pistons' pick (No. 12) falling outside the top four.

Going forward, the three teams with the worst regular-season records will all have 14 percent chances of winning the No. 1 pick, the fourth-worst team will have a 12.5 percent chance and the fifth-worst 10.5 percent.

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