The NBA Draft is finally here. After weeks of workouts, teams will finally decide which players they’re going to tether their futures to.
Some of the biggest questions include: Will the Kings really pass on Luka Doncic? What will the Mavericks do at five if DeAndre Ayton, Marvin Bagley, Jaren Jackson Jr. and Doncic are all off the board? Which team will pull the trigger on Trae Young?
As for the Nuggets: We know they need a wing who can be a plus player on the defensive end. They’ve never finished better than 24th in defensive efficiency in the Michael Malone era. Will they get lucky (for once) and watch a certain versatile forward from Michigan State fall into their laps?
We’ll know the answers to these questions in less than 24 hours.
1. PHOENIX SUNS
Deandre Ayton – Center – Age 19.8 – 7-foot-1, 243 pounds – Arizona
18.2 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 1.8 SPG
Stats: 20.1 PPG, 11.6 RPG, 61.2% FG
After spending his last two years of high school and lone college season in Arizona, it seems likely that the Suns will make Ayton the first overall pick next month. Physically, Ayton is one of the more developed big man prospects in recent memory. He’ll immediately be regarded as one of the most athletic front court players in the league and has an inside-outside game to boot. Questions remain about his defense, but Ayton will give the Suns an exciting outlook and solid foundation alongside Devin Booker. – Wind
2. SACRAMENTO KINGS
Marvin Bagley III – Power Forward/Center – Age 19.1 – 6-foot-11, 234 pounds – Duke
Stats: 21.0 PPG, 11.1 RPG, 61.4% FG
Bagley could lead all rookies in scoring next season. He’s that gifted and skilled on the offensive end of the floor right now. Plus, Bagley is the type of player whose game is more suited for the NBA rather than college because of better floor spacing. While concerns lie around if he has the defensive upside to log a significant amount of minutes at center, his feel for the game, at least on the offensive end, is rare. With Doncic sliding, the Kings go with the frontrunner for Rookie of the Year second overall. -Wind