Phoenix Suns: 2018 NBA Draft grades

No. 1 pick in draft Phoenix will rise behind ‘dangerous’ offense
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24 June, 2018

Below are our biggest winners and losers from an exciting night at Brooklyn's Barclays Center. He's big and strong and has the tools to become a dominant offensive big man. He just called it and my mind went blank. "The fans here are incredible". The 21-year-old earned Third Team All-America honors and was named to the All-Final Four Team after averaging 17.2 points in the NCAA tournament including 19 in the title game victory over MI.

Another Phoenix product, Duke University's Marvin Bagley III, went second in the draft behind Deandre Ayton.

"I embrace it a lot".

"We'll make history. We can really start a winning legacy", Ayton said.

After capping his brilliant stay in Spain with another title, the Slovenian guard heads the list of worldwide players expected to be selected, a teenager whose resume is already more complete than even some of the most season veterans. The guard only arrived in NY on Wednesday after helping Spain's Real Madrid win its league championship after he won Euroleague MVP and Final Four MVP honors when they won that title this year.

Charlotte selected Gilgeous-Alexander only to trade him to the Clippers for the No. 12 overall pick, Miles Bridges, and two second-round picks. Brunson helped Villanova win the 2018 NCAA collegiate title.

Bridges' career as a 76er was short-lived, however, as he was dealt to Phoenix for Texas Tech shooting guard Zhaire Smith, the No. 16 selection, and the Miami Heat's 2021 first-round pick. The center from Arizona averaged 20.1 points and 11.6 rebounds in his lone season in Tucson, tying for the national lead with 24 double-doubles in 35 games.

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"Whatever city I went to, I was going to be able to be comfortable in", said Young, who wore suit shorts with his burgundy-colored jacket.

NY passed on Porter to select Knox with the No. 9 overall pick, and let's just say the Knicks faithful didn't approve.

The Cleveland Cavaliers used the eighth pick to take Alabama guard Collin Sexton, while the champion Golden State Warriors chose Cincinnati guard Jacob Evans with the 29th pick.

With concerns over back problems that limited him to only three games at Missouri last season, followed by a recent hip injury that he believe scared off teams, Porter ended up falling all the way to Denver at No. 14, the last lottery position.

Meanwhile, the 6-foot-7 Bridges was a third-team All-American and a member of Villanova's 2018 Final Four team.

The 2018 NBA Draft is over, early grades are in, and the league is set for free agency and Summer League to kick off over the next few weeks.

Even with Ayton, a native of the Bahamas, and Doncic at the top of the list of worldwide candidates, the strength of this draft is at the college level. Each player selected in the draft is going to succeed or fail because of the work they put into their craft and the time they are willing to devote to getting better. Eager to get their hands on the former Real Madrid star, the Mavericks took a massive risk when they gave up their 2019 first-round pick, which happens to be a top 5 protected pick.


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