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Eight of the top 15 picks in the NBA draft were ALL-USA players

Eager to get their hands on the former Real Madrid star, the Mavericks took a massive risk when they gave up their 2019 first-round pick, which happens to be a top 5 protected pick.

Phoenix Suns' Deandre Ayton poses for a photo as the team introduces their top pick after the NBA basketball draft Friday, June 22, 2018, in Phoenix. "I'm just happy to be a Phoenix Sun".

The Mavericks also gave up a future first-round pick to draft Doncic, who only arrived in NY on Wednesday after helping Spain's Real Madrid win its league championship after he won Euroleague MVP and Final Four MVP honors when they won that title this year. He is wearing suit shorts, similar to what LeBron James wore to a couple NBA Finals games and Draymond Green donned for last year's NBA Awards.

"It means a lot to me because the fans there are incredible, they are the best fans in the world, and you know, I really want to". Cleveland was swept by the Golden State Warriors, and following Game 4 the 33-year-old said he would weight family concerns and his desire to win more titles into his decision.

The SEC has not traditionally been known for its basketball prowess, but following a season in which a record eight teams made the NCAA Tournament, the conference was well-represented in the 2018 NBA Draft.

You need to be logged in to post a comment. "Having all that confidence leading up to that point when I saw [NBA commissioner] Adam Silver come out, I was just waiting for my name".




After that, it was a mostly straightforward draft with little fireworks, but plenty of national champion Villanova Wildcats. By now, we are all aware of the ongoing narrative that Ayton is a poor defender, which in all honesty I feel is overstated.

"I think it was apparent early in the work out", Suns General Manager Sean McDonough said of Ayton's pre-draft workout. "Somebody kind of mumbled, 'Just be prepared you might get traded.' And I was like 'what did you say?'" And the Sacramento Kings uncharacteristically made a good move, drafting the 6-foot-11 stud Marvin Bagley III second overall. "I haven't had the exposure in college to really guard big men, or the big men that I guard haven't really touched the ball or really do what they were supposed to do".

"They booed (Kristaps) Porzingis (on draft night) and look where he is now. I'm a victor, and I'm going to help this team win". There were hard moments - particularly for Michael Porter Jr - but perhaps it works out well in the end.

Calling Arizona the best fans in the world, Ayton believes success in the Suns franchise is possible with this draft group.

Chicago Bulls - Michael Porter Jr.

With twenty-five selection in the NBA Lottery in school history, the Blue Devils also extended its lead over Kentucky, who has twenty-three picks in the Lottery and North Carolina who has eighteen. Mikal Bridges, the No. 10 pick from Villanova who thought he was staying in Philadelphia with the 76ers - who employ his mother - but was dealt to Phoenix for the rights to No. 16 pick Zhaire Smith of Texas Tech and a 2012 first-round pick from the Miami Heat. With Phoenix reportedly also trying to land Gilgeous-Alexander, the Hornets managed to extract a pair of future second-round picks from Los Angeles, along with the 12th pick, which they used to select Miles Bridges.

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