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DeAndre Ayton already growing close to Suns players

DeAndre Ayton already growing close to Suns players

"I know I'm going No. 1", Ayton told reporters Wednesday following his workout with the Suns, who hold the top overall selection in the June 21 draft.

It's not a done deal though, but he's confident.

The Suns hosted Ayton's first media availability of the draft process following his workout yesterday at the Al McCoy Media Center in Phoenix, Arizona.

There are Ay-ton of reasons Ayton should be chosen at the No.1 spot in the upcoming NBA Draft by the Phoenix Suns.

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Suns general manager Ryan McDonough said the connection to the state serves as a benefit in the evaluation process. There are many positions in which the suns could use some help. Yes, I said backcourt. Booker and several other young Suns players were in attendance for Ayton's workout, and apparently they all hung out and watched Game 3 of the NBA Finals in the evening. "I give my heart on both ends of the floor". 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. In the past two seasons in which the Phoenix Suns had high first round draft picks they choose Josh Jackson with the 4th pick previous year and in 2016 the suns drafted Dragan Bender with the 4th pick. He's been working out here, he's been training here.

Ayton likens himself to Kevin Garnett and Hakeem Olajuwon and he's not alone when it comes to comparisons to two Hall of Fame players. "The fact that he wants to be here, that's great".

"I could see a little Shaq and Kobe 2.0" and included Devin Booker in that conversation back prior to the workout.

The Suns have quite the decision to make on draft night.


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