Joel Embiid wastes no time shading top National Basketball Association draft pick

Eight of the top 15 picks in the NBA draft were ALL-USA players

The Clippers front office, including the Logo himself, Jerry West, met with Gilgeous-Alexander during the process and found a mutual match, which led to the cagey Hamilton native playing down all talk of interest from other teams at media availability the day before the draft.

And Villanova, the defending national champ, helped the Big East top its two No. 1 seeds.

The Phoenix Suns stayed close to home for their first No. 1 pick.

The Slovenian teenager -considered one of the best prospects to come out of Europe- was picked No. 3 overall by the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday night, amid reports that he would quickly be traded to Dallas for the No. 5 pick and a future first-round selection. "As if Sexton was supposed to say, 'LeBron please stay, I promise I'll know the score during the final seconds of a playoff game".

In steps Luka Dončić, the 19-year-old Slovenian phenom. "You know they're great, we're a young team and we're ready".

"I'm just excited to finally get a jersey on and be able to play five-on-five again", Ayton said. The Suns just went out and got the best possible big man to complement that skill set. Even late second-rounders extracted higher returns than we've previously seen.

The Suns made the 7-foot-1 Ayton the first No. 1 pick in franchise history.

This is a huge deal for the Suns, the seven-footer averaged 20.1 points, 11.6 rebounds, 1.9 blocks and recorded 24 double-doubles in his lone collegiate season.

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

The Suns are far from a finished product, but Ayton, together with Booker and the rest of the talented cast of youngsters on the team, Phoenix's future is starting to look at least a little bit brighter. "Having all that confidence and leading up to that point when I saw Adam Silver came out, I was just waiting for my name, and when he called it, my mind went blank".

The Kings got "their guy" in No. 2 overall pick Marvin Bagley III.

Sure, it cost the Mavs a 2019 first-rounder, but they now have two franchise guards in Doncic and Dennis Smith Jr. and have the cap flexibility to pursue some big-name free agents this offseason.

NY passed on Porter to select Knox with the No. 9 overall pick, and let's just say the Knicks faithful didn't approve. Will they look like they belong in the National Basketball Association or appear out of place and overmatched?

"You probably have to ask the other teams to be honest", Webster said of how discussions about acquiring a pick went. They've chosen second overall twice. The biggest story of the lottery may have been Michael Porter Jr. slipping all the way to the Denver Nuggets at No. 14. This year, Danny Ainge is picking all the way back at number 27 but has a burning desire to trade back up into the lottery ...

Brown certainly has the talent to make an impact, but it's hard to like a pick that may not crack the rotation in year one, according to the Wizards own General Manager.

The Holiday brothers had an National Basketball Association reunion when Aaron Holiday was taken at No. 23 by Indiana.

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