That doesn't always guarantee the top pick, however. The 7ft 1in forward averaged 20 points past year playing for the Wildcats in the Suns' home state Arizona.
The Suns were missing established players this year; they only had two guys over the age of 30 that have experienced the playoffs. The center from Texas just turned twenty years old this week, and could help solidify the Magic's frontcourt for years to come. A second option would be trading both picks to acquire a player from another team or to move up in the draft.
The Suns have a need at point guard, and the possibility of pairing Doncic with Devin Booker and Josh Jackson on the perimeter is tantalizing. The Hawks went 2-12 in March, and the Suns went 0-14. They're talented players, and if either are left at No.31 and it fits with what the Suns are doing, I would be happy. This offseason is a chance to change all of that, however. And unlike those previous years, Phoenix will at least look like they're piecing together what's needed to compete again. Not only is he a dynamic scorer, but he know how to distribute the ball. And beyond Chandler and Brandan Knight, the rest of the assets on the roster are young and on movable contracts if needed. Between this selection along with the Sixers already having the No. 26 pick in the first round, Brett Brown's team has to love their current position, especially since their approach this time will be a little different thanks to the success from this past season.
The wild card in all of this, however, is Igor Kokoškov, the new Suns coach who coached Doncic on the Slovenian national team that won EuroBasket in 2017.
Vegas odds suggest that 7-foot center Deandre Ayton may wind up playing the majority of his basketball career in the state of Arizona.
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During his lone season at Arizona, he averaged 20.1 points and 11.6 rebounds per game while shooting 61.6 per cent from the field, and was "Karl Malone Power Forward" of the year and Associated Press First Team All-American. That would mean losing the 2019 first-rounder to the Celtics. He also converted 73.3 percent of his free throws.
He acknowledged Real face a tall order against the Euroleague's regular season winners CSKA, who beat city rivals Khimki in the playoffs to reach the showpiece event in the Serbian capital. With Len and Monroe out of the way, Ayton can be paired with Tyson Chandler to learn a few pointers from the veteran in the final year of his long-term deal.
"We have had an fantastic season, we are ready and we are here to win it". The Bucks took Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. He's a three zone shooter with zero offensive weaknesses.
For nearly a decade, the Phoenix Suns have been very bad. "We're excited about the draft pick".
However, the Kokoskov signing pointed some in Doncic's direction, but the oddsmakers at Bovada aren't buying any Doncic talk right now, as Ayton remains the heavy favorite over Doncic (and anyone else) on their site.