Phoenix Suns: 2018 NBA Draft grades

Arizona's Deandre Ayton right poses with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after he was picked first overall by the Phoenix Suns during the NBA Draft at Barclays Center in Brooklyn N.Y

It can be recalled that the Nuggets selected Donovan Mitchell as the 13th overall pick of last year's draft before eventually trading him to the Utah Jazz.

"This is a great blessing". Ayton worked out for the Suns and followed it up by saying he knew he was the No. 1 overall pick. Ayton said the two could form a power duo he called "Shaq and Kobe 2.0", referring to former Los Angeles Lakers teammates Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant. "I just got up there and enjoyed the moment, and I saw the reaction on my mom's face".

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The Suns have drafted as high as second twice, in 1969 and 1987.

At #31, the Suns snagged a potential steal in French point guard Elie Okobo, who erupted for 44 points in late May against AS Monaco in France's top league.

The Alabama product isn't the worst pick for Cleveland, but there were more talented players on the board (Gilgeous-Alexander, for one) at No. 8. ESPN should not only highlight these newcomers but should provide insightful basketball analysis, instead of reality-TV content.

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The Suns still have Tyson Chandler, but the veteran big man is on the twilight of his career and is definitely not part of the team's long-term plans, so the addition of Ayton makes plenty of sense for Phoenix.

Last season with Michigan State, Jackson averaged 10.9 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game while shooting 51.3 percent from the field and 39.6 percent from 3-point range. It's a simple formula, but it's one that the Suns can believe in with Ayton's potential.

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Rowley said Ayton has a presence in Phoenix, having gone to high school in the community and attending school in Tucson.

Born and raised in Nassau, Bahamas, Ayton began seriously pursing basketball at age 12 after attending the Jeff Rodgers Basketball Camp, the Bahamas' premier summer basketball program. "I'm just happy to be a Phoenix Sun". "Going through the process of going to the U of A and the fans support me, it was just phenomenal".

"I think the pick, along with our youth and our momentum as a franchise, for LeBron and for everybody, I think there's a real energy here", Altman said. "They were very nice to me, and I think we had a very good relationship". "We've got a lot of work to do, and after the summer we'll probably catch a breath". There were hard moments - particularly for Michael Porter Jr - but perhaps it works out well in the end. We can bring the opportunity to them. "They haven't watched me shoot the basketball". Since Booker handles a lion's share of the Suns' ball-handling and playmaking duties, Bridges may be able to slide into a role in which he's asked to do little more than space the floor and knock down open triples. He said that off the court, his dream is to start his own brand. I'm Nigerian and Jamaican.

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