Published: Sat, June 23, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Phoenix Suns Get Their Coveted Center Ayton to Anchor Young Squad

Phoenix Suns Get Their Coveted Center Ayton to Anchor Young Squad

From left to right, Phoenix Suns' George King, Mikal Bridges, Deandre Ayton and Elie Okobo pose for a photo as the team introduces their new players after the NBA basketball draft Friday.

The worldwide touch on this draft is already pronounced, with No. 1 pick Deandre Ayton being born in the Bahamas.

Jackson went fourth overall, Bamba was sixth and Carter one back in seventh.

Luka Doncic of Slovenia then went third to the Atlanta Hawks.

It's unfortunate that any draft day should warrant this kind of criticism because, after all, it should be about the players selected, a majority of whom are younger than half of UCSB's undergrads.

The Cleveland Cavaliers, who have reached the NBA Finals the last four years, picked Collin Sexton at number eight and the new point guard had a message to superstar LeBron James, who is now debating where he will play next season. His 24 double-doubles tied for the second-most ever by a freshman in Division I history.

Ayton said he wants to be the "best two-way (big) man coming in".

"I'm really happy to be a Phoenix Sun and start a winning legacy with Devin Booker and Josh Jackson and all the other guys". Obviously, you watch the list of this class in the draft and also free agents, and he can be one of the elite point guards in this league and I think he's crafty, he's a great ball-handler.

Sexton wasted little time going on the recruiting trail, sending a message to LeBron James to bypass free agency and return to the four-time defending Eastern Conference club.

"LeBron, let's do it". "The guy kind of laughed and I'm like, 'What are you laughing at?'"

"It was a pretty special moment for our franchise", McDonough said. When the 76ers drafted him, it looked like a feel-good hometown story since he's from Philadelphia and his mother Tyneeha Rivers was vice president for human resources for the 76ers.

The Charlotte Hornets and Los Angeles Clippers swapped spots at Nos.

The Hornets got Michigan State forward Miles Bridges and two future second-round picks.

After almost falling out of the lottery entirely, MPJ was taken by the Denver Nuggets. The Denver Nuggets decided Porter Jr. was worth the gamble, taking him with the No. 14 selection.

"People have compared him to a Kyle Korver, and it might be unfair because Korver is playing against National Basketball Association players, but I can see Kevin being more than a well-rounded player", Dzikas said.

"I think we had a few things early, a few things in the middle and a few things late". It was a spendy move because Philadelphia demanded and got Miami's unprotected 2021 first-round pick.

He averaged 20.1 points and 11.6 rebounds per game while shooting 61.6 percent from the field, and was "Karl Malone Power Forward" of the year consensus First Team All-American.

With point guard Ben Simmons having missed the entire 2016-17 season due to a foot injury, he would also join in one of the most compelling and competitive Rookie of Year races in the modern era.

But the Hawks never made the trade, because as Schlenk explained Friday on 95.7 The Game in San Francisco, there were media members projecting picks on Twitter and it became clear Atlanta could draft Maryland guard Kevin Huerter simply by staying at No. 19.

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