Deandre Ayton is convinced he’s going No. 1 to Suns

Deandre Ayton will watch the NBA Finals with the Suns this evening

Deandre Ayton is now considered as the favorite to be selected first in the 2018 NBA Draft, having gained more ground recently over the other potential #1 pick: Slovenian point forward Luka Doncic. "This is our second home, so we just feel welcome, and it would be a blessing if I become the No. 1 pick and stay here and make this home". In an interview with CBS sports radio Deandre said "Honestly, I could see myself in Phoenix".

"Nobody told me (I'll go first)", Ayton continued. He has lived in Arizona since 2015.

Ayton said teaming with young Suns star Devin Booker would be "Shaq and Kobe 2.0".

"No one else", the Bahamas native said. "I don't think there's anybody like me". The Suns have missed the playoffs eight years in a row, and they had the NBA's worst record last season at 21-61, which was the second worst in franchise history. Ayton played his one year of college basketball a couple of hours down I-10 at the University of Arizona.




"As far as the workout goes, we tried to create as many game situations as we could", Suns general manager Ryan McDonough said.

Simon Asher Arizona's Deandre Ayton looks to score past Cal's Kingsley Okoroh during the Arizona-Cal game on Saturday, March 3 in McKale Center.

Having worked out a number of potential top picks already, it was announced in the evening of Tuesday June 5, that Ayton would be working out with the Suns - alone - on June 6. McDonough also naturally had nothing but great things to say about Ayton and noted the big man's ties to the area as a selling point.

Ayton is a "once in a lifetime" player that has that natural ability to do things that are just godlike.

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