The Phoenix Suns entered perhaps the most important offseason in franchise history with the first overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, as well as selections at No. 16, No. 31 and No. 59. With that being said, the Philadelphia 76ers missed out on an opportunity to do exactly that, instead trading down in the draft to pick up point guard Zhaire Smith from the Suns, who drafted him with their other first-round pick. "Having all that confidence and leading up to that point when I saw Adam Silver came out, I was just waiting for my name, and when he called it, my mind went blank".
McDonough called Ayton "just a phenomenal physical talent. It was just priceless".
At the time, Dagostino had been working for a couple of years with Huerter, who had just gone through a growth spurt to reach about 6 feet 3, but he barely weighed 150 pounds.
It all comes down to the uncertain futures of LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard, two of the league's top-five players, as well as salary cap caution that continues to be the fallout of the disastrous summer of 2016, which saw many teams splash cash around in freakish fashion. If there's a weakness, it's his defense, although he has all the tools to be a quality rim protector given time. Even if he struggles defensively at first, he could look toward DeMarcus Cousins and Karl-Anthony Towns as examples to emulate until he gets up to speed on defence.
Ayton had previously mentioned Booker in an interview before the draft, saying the two could be "Shaq and Kobe 2.0", a reference to the legendary Lakers' duo of Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal, who three-peated their way to dominating the National Basketball Association in the early 2000s.
"Most definitely", he said. If the Boston Celtics can tap into any of Williams' potential as a rim-running, athletic big man, they may have found a gem to pair with their shifty point guards at No. 27. The organization by and large is still a bit of a mess, but with a new coach, and perhaps a new face of the team, it will be interesting to see how Ayton will be utilized moving forward.
Born in the Bahamas, he moved to the Phoenix area during high school and said most of his family now lives there. His only sleep lately, he said, was a couple of hours on the plane ride from NY on Tuesday.
His only pre-draft workout was with the Suns, and afterward, he expressed confidence in his standing.
"(I grew) up around that brand, I'm used to that brand", Ayton said.
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BOISE, ID - MARCH 15: Deandre Ayton #13 of the Arizona Wildcats dunks the ball in the first half against the Buffalo Bulls during the first round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Taco Bell Arena on March 15, 2018 in Boise, Idaho.
"I've been talking to Dallas a lot", Doncic said.
Ayton and Bridges say they got to know each other well at the college awards ceremony in Los Angeles but never figured they'd be on the same team.
The Suns made vast improvements - From a roster perspective, Phoenix had the pieces to create a playoff-quality squad with a good draft.
- Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 21, 2018Orlando is focused on selecting Texas center Mo Bamba with the sixth pick, league source tells ESPN.
Concerns linger about Ayton's defensive acumen, but he spent much of his time at Arizona playing out of position next to Dusan Ristic.
In February, ESPN's Mark Schlabach reported that Federal Bureau of Investigation wiretaps intercepted phone conversations between Arizona coach Sean Miller and Christian Dawkins, an employee for ASM Sports agent Andy Miller.
Bridges' mother works with the 76ers' HR. And with the 59th pick - next-to-last overall - the Suns selected forward George King of Colorado.