However, the Kokoskov signing pointed some in Doncic's direction, but the oddsmakers at Bovada aren't buying any Doncic talk right now, as Ayton remains the heavy favorite over Doncic (and anyone else) on their site.
Phoenix and Memphis played that night.
Then there's whoever ends up being the first overall pick for Phoenix - the player who could end up changing the course of the franchise and its recent swings and misses. "They obviously were the most disappointed with the way the lottery went and the options they have now". The only question is whether they go for frontcourt help or backcourt help with the pick. We all, the fans and the players, suffered through this season together.
The results: They got budding stars in Devin Booker and Jackson, wound up creating some cap space to spend on veterans this summer, and will not only have the No. 1 pick but also two others in the top 31 selections in this draft. The Suns search for a big man could be solved with the top pick. ESPN had him at No. 2 behind Marvin Bagley. "The odds coming in were that we would go from five to six".
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.
The Kings simply lost in a way that pleased the National Basketball Association, and subsequently, had the biggest climb up the draft board of any team, which hardly seems coincidental. The teams affected by shifts were in the two through six selections. 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). "To be honest with you, we have to play well".
To be clear, the executive said, Ayton has a higher overall ceiling than Drummond.
Phoenix are expected to select top prospect DeAndre Ayton. Their guards were not great defensively. He has great anticipation of the ball and looks like he will be able to alter many shots around the rim.
"This whole idea that he was not as involved as he should have been, I don't think anyone is going to buy that". Aside from grabbing Dillon Brooks 45th overall last season, Memphis' recent draft history is pretty rough, but the hope was that this injury-ravaged season would result in the front office adding a transformational player that would be nearly impossible to find otherwise. The 7-foot-1 forward averaged 20.1 points and 11.6 rebounds in 33.5 minutes per game this season while helping the Wildcats win the Pac-12 regular-season title and Pac-12 Tournament title. He also converted 73.3 percent of his free throws.
Get a full breakdown of each projected lottery prospects' strengths, weaknesses, draft ranges, physical comps and more. Those moves pushed the Grizzlies and Mavericks out of the top three.
The Clippers had success taking a center from Texas A&M a decade ago in DeAndre Jordan.