Published: Sat, June 23, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

DeAndre Ayton Already Has A Rivalry

DeAndre Ayton Already Has A Rivalry

Some fans are hoping that with Ayton's help, the Suns could finally bounce back into their glory days.

Phoenix Suns' Mikal Bridges, left, and Deandre Ayton, right, laugh as they answer a question as the team introduces their NBA basketball draft picks Friday, June 22, 2018, in Phoenix.

Do Knicks fans ever leave an National Basketball Association draft happy?

"It was a pretty special moment for our franchise", McDonough said. Phoenix sent the No. 16 pick, guard Zhaire Smith of Texas Tech, to the 76ers along with Miami's unprotected first-round pick in 2021. But the Suns are tired of stockpiling assets. But with the Suns having gone a combined 68-178 over the past three seasons, McDonough hinted in late May that it was time for them to begin taking a step forward. Then, he got traded.

The Phoenix Suns have the No. 1 pick for the first time in franchise history and are expected to take the 7-foot-1 Ayton.

Pick #1 Deandre Ayton and pick #59 George King played each other three times previous year when Arizona and Colorado squared off. His only sleep lately, he said, was a couple of hours on the plane ride from NY on Tuesday.

These following draftees are most likely to be on a winning team in the future while playing a major role in it as well. "I don't know if something's going on around the league and people are a little hesitant with personnel and just wanted to do draft picks tonight", he said.


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. Ayton replied that he's no ordinary center. "I was just really excited to get to Atlanta".

"I sat there and I watched".

It doesn't take the notion of draft night to once again explain Deandre Ayton's athleticism, or Luka Doncic's success overseas. He should compliment Devin Booker and Josh Jackson nicely. Brown struggled as a shooter during his lone season at OR - he shot just 29.1 percent from three and has some iffy mechanics - and is a unusual fit on the Wizards roster that already has a surplus of wing depth in John Wall, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter Jr. and Kelly Oubre.

The Suns, were BAD last season.

"We continue to have good dialogue with his management team", Altman said. The closest they came was Alvan Adams, an All-Star on some very good teams. We've got young guys. "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". "Through my career I've always had that on my shoulder, the expectations". I'm not just a Bahamian. "We're a young team and we're ready".

Regardless of whatever additional moves the Suns make this offseason, a playoff berth in 2018-19 will be an uphill climb. Luckily, those teams still have a chance to improve themselves with free agency right around the corner.

Phoenix doesn't really have a set system yet, especially with a new coach, but it's assumed that 3-point shooting and the pick-and-roll will be heavily involved. "We've got some money to spend and we're looking to spend it on the best players we can get".

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