Suns win draft lottery, Cavs will pick eighth

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Why him: "Although Kokoskov won't be in charge of the pick, his presence in the room should give Phoenix's front office unique insight into the top European prospect in recent history". The Kings will hope whoever they choose will go on to have a better career than Ellison, who was plagued by injuries throughout his 11 years in the National Basketball Association.

Ayton played his college ball at Arizona.

For one, the Suns pegged Igor Kokoskov as the team's new head coach.

The Phoenix Suns executive brought three lucky charms to the 2018 NBA Draft Lottery on Tuesday and all of them had ties to the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury, the team he also serves as general manager, according to Bleacher Report's Yaron Weitzman.

The Phoenix Suns have been in a weird place ever since their surprisingly successful 2013-14 season, and they needed some good news on Tuesday - at the end of their 21-win campaign in April, Devin Booker said that he is "done with not making the playoffs".

"We've been under pressure to retain the title since we won it last season on home court in Istanbul so it's going to be a familiar feeling once the tournament starts". Any progression is good progression, in my opinion.

This draft could be a big step forward. He came to the U.S. from the Bahamas, hoping for great things but never expecting this would be the cards he was dealt.

To be clear, the executive said, Ayton has a higher overall ceiling than Drummond.

He averaged 20.1 points and 11.6 rebounds and was named as Pac-12 Player of the Year. The Suns took Neal Walk.

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He said he would obviously welcome the chance to go back to Arizona, where he was born and raised. Let's hope they don't outsmart themselves here: the easy thing to do is just take Ayton or Doncic, depending on who is available.

"This whole idea that he was not as involved as he should have been, I don't think anyone is going to buy that".

However, if the Kings' pick is the top overall selection they keep it, which would then mean Boston would wind up with Philly's first-rounder next year.

The pick they had their eyes on belonged to the Los Angeles Lakers, which - had L.A. gotten one of top five picks - would have come to Boston courtesy of the trade with Philadelphia past year that landed the Celtics the No. 3 pick (Jayson Tatum) in 2017.

"The future's bright", McDonough said.

For Atlanta it's the first time in a decade that they've entered the draft lottery after the break-up of their 60-win team from the 2014-15 season.

Whatever the case, the Cavs now at least have a clearer picture of the card they hold.

Perhaps if they'd tanked a little harder or been without players like Nikola Vucevic and Aaron Gordon for longer because of injury, they could have improved their odds a bit more.

Weltman said: "The process has been, I think, deliberate and thorough, and we're very pleased with some of the guys that we've interviewed, and we continue to move forward".

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