McDonough will happily select first: Suns win National Basketball Association draft lottery

Elton Brand, Sixers Hope To Land Top Pick In NBA Draft Lottery Again

Barring a trade, this will be the Suns' first No. 1 overall pick in franchise history.

The Memphis Grizzlies and Dallas Mavericks were big losers on this night, as both teams dropped two spots - the Grizzlies fell to 4 and the Mavs fell to 5. After that, the Kings will likely take Luka Doncic. "I think we'll have a great choice, no matter who we select".

The Suns have three great candidates for No. 1, all with ties to either Arizona or new Phoenix coach Igor Kokoskov.

The 2018 draft is the last to use the current lottery system, as the teams with the three worst records will share the same chance (14 percent) of receiving the No. 1 overall pick beginning with next year's draft.

Despite much clamoring from the fanbase about winning too much down the end of the season (something we did not agree with), the Hawks actually moved up one spot and will select 3 overall on June 21 when the NBA Draft takes place.

Together, they helped Slovenia win the 2017 Eurobasket title with a win over Serbia in the final game. The team had endured years of bad lottery luck, including losing a coin flip way back in 1969.

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"I found out I was drafted the next day", West said with a laugh.

Josh Jackson, who just completed his rookie season with Phoenix, represented the Suns on the stage, for the public announcement of what was drawn in secret about an hour earlier. Only a handful of team representatives, National Basketball Association officials and media knew the outcome of the lottery before it was revealed publicly and they were all sequestered until the results were aired.

In April, Ayton said in an interview with CBS Sports Radio that he could see himself playing with the Suns and form a "Shaq and Kobe 2.0" duo with Phoenix's Devin Booker. That means his vote, for now anyway, is Ayton.

The Suns feel the same way about themselves. "Given the depth of the draft pool, we expect to be in a position to add another talented young piece to our developing core".

There were no other surprises, as the picks at the bottom of the lottery went as anticipated.

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