This is a year with a lot of big men that should be selected within the first five or six picks of the draft.
However, the circumstances were completely different this year thanks to the Sixers finishing with a 52-30 record during the regular season along with earning a trip to the semifinals in playoffs before falling to the Boston Celtics. The Suns have since drafted Devin Booker in 2015, Dragan Bender in 2016 (in addition to acquiring Marquese Chriss on draft night), and Josh Jackson past year. They can hope for a similar outcome here by taking Williams with their second pick in a row.
Kokoskov, obviously, has taken notice of Doncic's play and achievements in Europe. To be a good passer you have to understand the game. Jaren Jackson, Jr. has been a star at Michigan State and would be an instant hit with Phoenix as well. He also frequently found himself in foul trouble, which is one of the reasons why many teams are scared off by him. He's so skilled offensively as a ball handler and passer, he's a great rebounder, and eventually he should be a high-level shooter. And the best overall player of the 2017 draft class, Donovan Mitchell, went 13th to the Jazz. Going to games to scout players is over. He was the ACC Player of the Year and has the potentional to become a rebounding machine at the rate he is going. The Suns will pick No. 1 overall. Both Doncic and Ayton can fill significant voids on this team, creating a Booker-Doncic backcourt or Booker-Ayton one-two punch for years to come.
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Porter could go anywhere from second to 10th, depending on how the next few weeks shake out. He averaged 17.7 minutes in his three contests, averaging 10.0 PPG and 6.7 RPG.
"No big deal. It's a deep draft", Kings vice president and general manager Vlade Divac said. "I told him, 'Don't have it back to NY, bring it to Chicago".
These are good days for the Suns, who have gone through three terrible seasons and eight consecutive playoff-less campaigns.
Sitting prominently on Michael Finley's check list are three important things that he explains will assuredly prevent the Dallas Mavericks from being back in the dreaded NBA Draft Lottery again next year.
Will they go ahead and select a big man first overall even though it's getting harder and harder for those players to succeed in the league today, or do they pick the young guard even if his ceiling is considerably lower?
Since the night last summer when the Bulls hit reset by trading All-Star Jimmy Butler, the plan revolved around putting the franchise in the best position possible to take a transformative player in the 2018 National Basketball Association draft.