Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Suns win NBA Draft Lottery, hold No. 1 pick

Suns win NBA Draft Lottery, hold No. 1 pick

Well enough for the school to tweet in the professional team's direction about a talented big man who will be entering the draft.

You may recall Doncic from his run in the EuroBasket tournament last summer, when the 18-year-old helped lead Slovenia to a gold medal. In the end, however, it was all the winning the team did before Kristaps Porzingis got hurt that put them in the unfavorable position they're in tonight. Some teams were surprised as to how far they fell in lottery.

Doncic is the most-hyped worldwide draft prospect since Ricky Rubio back in 2009, and the highest-calibre since Yao Ming 15 years ago. The Celtics and Warriors have stocked their rosters with players who can create for themselves and others. He's a seven-foot, 260-pound physical specimen with a 44-inch vertical and a power game that has been tailored to the modern National Basketball Association.

Sacramento has a bunch of interesting young players - De'Aaron Fox, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Buddy Hield and Willie Cauley-Stein among them - but it is unclear if any of them have true franchise-player potential. Obviously, you hope for the best and you want to come out with a top-three pick.

Either scenario could have a significant impact on LeBron James' future with the franchise that drafted him.

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Bridges makes plenty of sense for the Spurs, however. If it's anything else, the 76ers get it. Just because a player declares for the draft doesn't mean there is an expectation of being drafted. The Knicks' next likeliest spot is at No. 10 (12.12 percent) followed by No. 4 (5.7 percent), No. 3 (2.4 percent), No. 2 (2 percent) and No. 1 (1.7 percent). "I've got to adjust to that". After James left for Miami, Cleveland would pick first three out of four years.

This season, the Bulls needed to be very bad and do everything possible to get top-three lottery odds. In 2015 they won several meaningless games in the final weeks that allowed the Timberwolves to get the top lottery odds and draft Karl Anthony-Towns. Ranging from free agency to the 2018 NBA Draft Lottery, the Sixers will play a big role in determining how the NBA's summer shakes out.

Where they'll pick: Philadelphia will get the Lakers first-round pick, assuming it doesn't land anywhere from No. 2-5 in the draft, in which case it would go to the Boston Celtics. The Memphis Grizzlies (19.9 percent chance), Dallas Mavericks (13.8) and Atlanta Hawks (13.7) are also right in the mix.

That's easier said than done, but it's the job of the scouts and general manager to be able to identify the best prospects at every spot in the NBA Draft. But if it did, imagine a world where Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid are playing alongside Doncic.

The Lakers instead will have the No. 25 in the first round and No. 47 in the second round. Phoenix had a -9.4 point differential, two+ points worse than any other team, which is really saying something when you consider how many teams were tanking.

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