From left to right, Phoenix Suns' George King, Mikal Bridges, Deandre Ayton and Elie Okobo arrive for a news conference as they are introduced after the NBA basketball draft Friday, June 22, 2018, in Phoenix.
Here, we break down this year's winners and losers.
This is not the first time the Hawks have quickly traded the number three overall pick. On the other hand, they used very little brainpower in passing up European sensation Luka Doncic, opting for the more physically gifted but flawed prospect in a draft where as many as five guys deserved to go first overall.
Accordingly, the internet blew up. The Mavericks also found a solid player in Dennis Smith Jr. last season, but he's a shooting guard just like Doncic.
One legend to another in the making, perhaps? At worst, he should pair well with the other talented young players on Phoenix's roster. "And I like I said, it was an historical year and probably one of the best postseason runs of all time and very, very fortunate to have him here, and what he gave to this franchise this year was nothing short of remarkable". The 6-2, 180-pound guard scored a career-high 44 points including eight three-pointers on May 23 against top-seeded Monaco in the first round of playoffs. The answer, as we all know now, is yes.
Like the Clippers, the Hawks completed what could be their backcourt of the future with the selection of sharpshooting Maryland guard Kevin Huerter at No. 19 to couple with new point guard Young. All was well for Atlanta. Was.
Ayton, who played at Arizona, is from Nassau, Bahamas.More news: ProPublica audio tape purportedly of sobbing immigrant kids grabs spotlight
He doesn't move like his height suggests, anyway.
"Time to Rise" is a featured message on the billboard, an ode to what many National Basketball Association pundits and Suns fans believe was a power move by Phoenix when drafting Ayton, putting the years of tanking behind them in an effort to re-establish the winning culture of the franchise. His ability to defend the likes of Stephen Curry and Russell Westbrook will determine whether he can exclusively be an offensive weapon or develop into a transcendent big man at both ends of the floor like Joel Embiid. Let's do it. Let's go back to the (NBA) Finals.
Meanwhile, they don't even have a starter-quality point guard, as only the aging DJ Augustin and Shelvin Mack are there to carry the offense. Huerter will receive a guaranteed three-year contract worth almost $6 million overall. But with the Suns having gone a combined 68-178 over the past three seasons, McDonough hinted in late May that it was time for them to begin taking a step forward.
At a loaded draft like this year, there really isn't a justification for any error when you have a top 3 pick.
Doncic couldn't join DeAndre Ayton, Marvin Bagley III and the other headliners in NY on Wednesday because he was en route from Spain after finishing off his dream season by helping Real Madrid win its ACB league championship on Tuesday.
The 19-year-old Ayton was expected to go first to the Suns who like the seven-foot (2.1-meter) center's size and skill which he used to dominate in U.S. college last season with the Arizona Wildcats.
This is NOT how you make LeBron James stay. It can be recalled that the Nuggets selected Donovan Mitchell as the 13th overall pick of last year's draft before eventually trading him to the Utah Jazz.