We are a little over a month away before we find out how the 2018 NBA Draft plays out. The lottery takes place in Chicago at the Palmer House Hilton where the randomness of bouncing ping-pong-balls will decide the fate of multiple franchises.
Why him: "Physically, he's one of the most gifted prospects we've seen in the draft in the past few years, and he has an impressive skill level, to boot".
With some more luck, Jackson won't be going to more lotteries.
With a new top three, the assumptions about who will be available further down the board have changed. Orlando and Chicago also dropped one spot to sixth and seventh respectively. The Magic, Bulls, Cavaliers, Knicks, 76ers, Hornets, Clippers and Nuggets complete the list of lottery teams in descending order.
Sacramento Kings were the night's big movers, winning the No 2 selection despite having the seventh-best lottery odds.
Arizona center Deandre Ayton and Real Madrid's Luka Doncic are expected to be the first two players taken in the draft. For now we'll leave him here because he's a good fit with Marc Gasol, but it's unclear if Memphis would go this direction or pursue someone who can help them win sooner. He will face an adjustment to the speed of National Basketball Association defenses, and it's yet to be seen if his lack of elite explosiveness and burst will make things more hard at the National Basketball Association level-it's possible that limits his ceiling, but he should have plenty to offer regardless.
The Suns have three great candidates for No. 1, all with ties to either Arizona or new Phoenix coach Igor Kokoskov. The pair nabbed the European Championship gold medal. Arizona's terrible showing in the NCAA tournament against No. 13 Buffalo won't hurt Ayton's stock, but it did highlight his deficiencies.
1 pick in the June 21 draft for the first time, and have ties to top options Deandre Ayton from Arizona, global player Luka Doncic and Duke's Marvin Bagley III, the Associated Press reports. The Suns already have a young post player, Alex Len, but Ayton has a higher ceiling both on offense and defense. The ninth pick of the 1998 NBA Draft, Nowitzki has often discussed the struggles he endured as a rookie out of Germany, and there were even whispers from some corners early in his career that he was a bust.
Stevens had no idea of the value the four first-round picks would reap. Minnesota will be the team who collects on the pick based on returning assets from the Rubio trade. Here's where they land with their latest predictions. OKC will select with the 53rd and 57th picks.
Of course, this is considered a deep draft. Still teams like the Raptors who picked up undrafted Fred VanVleet and turned 46th pick Norman Powell into a contributor demonstrated unexpected gems do exist. Interviews with draft prospects will begin Wednesday and continue through Friday.
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