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Shmackem: Who ya got? NBA Draft special

Shmackem: Who ya got? NBA Draft special

With the first overall pick in the draft for the first time in franchise history, the Suns believe they have their man in 7-foot-1, 250-pound Deandre Ayton, whose size, athleticism and multiple skills made him the obvious No. 1 overall pick Thursday night. It was only towards the end of the lottery picks when things got exciting.

The Spurs haven't had a pick higher than 20 since Tim Duncan was drafted in 1997.

On top of it all, ESPN reporter and columnist Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted out virtually every pick before it happened, which only cheapens the draft coverage itself even further.

Ayton, who said he knew he was going to be the No. 1 pick after working out for the Suns on June 6, said he was still blown away when NBA Commissioner Adam Silver called his name. Atlanta also had last pick in the first round at No. 30.

For most of their half-century in existence, the Phoenix Suns have coveted a big-time center.

Another Phoenix product, Duke University's Marvin Bagley III, went second in the draft behind Deandre Ayton. The Hawks picked forward Luka Doncic of Slovenia at No. 3 and then traded him to the Dallas Mavericks for Oklahoma point guard Trae Young, who Dallas picked at No. 5. Sacramento ranked last in Pace and bottom-five both in Offensive and Defensive Efficiency last season, so there's only room for growth from this "young super team".

"I embrace it a lot". Having a guard like Devin Booker, who can really score the ball, and me being a big man who can really pick-and-pop, very versatile, that's very unsafe", he said, "The team, in general, is a very young and hungry team.

"I don't like it when people think I'm just a guy down low", he said.

Players that we've seen for the past year, if they are one and dones at the College level, others we seen play several years in college and also prospects we've seen play against pros overseas are now going to be in the best basketball league in the world. "I think Kevin is a better passer than Korver is, and he can get his shot off faster". We basically go in chronological order, pick-wise - occasionally breaking that to talk about trades.

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During his lone season at Arizona, Ayton led the NCAA with 24 double-doubles, a PAC-12 freshman record.

To look more appealing to James, the Cavs need to upgrade their roster and they took a significant step by selecting Alabama point guard Collin Sexton with the No. 8 overall pick.

Pick #1 Deandre Ayton and pick #59 George King played each other three times a year ago when Arizona and Colorado squared off.

Ayton played the final two seasons of his high school career at Phoenix's Hillcrest Prep.

Besides Ayton and Bagley, other big men to go early included Wendell Carter (Chicago Bulls), Jaren Jackson (Memphis Grizzlies) and Mohamed Bamba (Orlando Magic).

Kevin Knox is a solid National Basketball Association starter.

Watch his interview he had following his selection on Thursday night! "Let's do it. Let's go back to the Finals", he said. The Denver Nuggets decided Porter Jr. was worth the gamble, taking him with the No. 14 selection.

Apparently, the Suns arrived at the decision to get Ayton upon conferring with the team's young stars, Devin Booker and Josh Jackson in particular, according to general manager Ryan McDonough during a recent appearance on Arizona Sports 98.7.


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