Suns Win Draft Lottery, Kings, Hawks to Pick 2nd, 3rd

Why Luka Doncic, not Deandre Ayton, is the generational talent Mavericks need from 2018 NBA draft

And its reward for that misery came Tuesday night when Phoenix won the actual lottery and secured the No. 1 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, where the Suns are expected to select ...

Phoenix had the best chance of obtaining the first pick in the draft after finishing with a league-worst 21-61 record this season.

Suns GM Ryan McDonough told the Republic that the Suns "don't know yet" who they will take and, before the lottery, said Doncic would not be a sure thing at No. 1 despite the connection to Kokoskov.

The Sacramento Kings nabbed the No. 2 overall pick, while the Atlanta Hawks rounded out the top 3 of the lottery on Tuesday, May 15 (Wednesday, May 16 in Manila) at Palmer House Hilton in Chicago.

The draft is June 21 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Going forward, the three teams with the worst regular-season records will all have 14 percent chances of winning the No. 1 pick, the fourth-worst team will have a 12.5 percent chance and the fifth-worst 10.5 percent.

The Suns have seen plenty of Ayton during his time at nearby Tucson, while Doncic played for new Suns coach Igor Kokoskov on the Slovenian national team last summer. "I think we'll have a great choice, no matter who we select".

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A year ago the Celtics ended up winning the top pick in the lottery through a previous trade with the Brooklyn Nets.

"I can't compare those two guys because I lived with Luka".

The upcoming draft is full of NBA-ready talent.

Ironically, that No. 10 selection, which comes via the Los Angeles Lakers, was originally acquired by the Sixers from Phoenix through a three-way trade in February 2015 that saw Philadelphia's Michael Carter Williams go to Milwaukee. The Hawks will have four picks in the top 33 of this year's draft, allowing General Manager Travis Schlenk a chance to add to last year's lottery pick, big man John Collins, and continue to put his imprint on the franchise.

The Charlotte Hornets will go 11th, the Los Angeles Clippers will get 12th and 13th - the former coming from the Detroit Pistons - while the Denver Nuggets get 14th pick.

The lottery has been around since 1985, was tweaked to a weighted system in 1990 and will be changing again next year in an effort to discourage teams from tanking.

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