For the first time in franchise history, the Suns have ownership of the number one overall pick, and though lottery representative Josh Jackson was a bit subdued in his celebration, there is no doubt that this is the team's biggest win in a long time. And long-time Mavs followers remember before that successful stretch fueled by Nowitzki and his enormous talents, the struggling Mavs missed the playoffs every season from the 1990-'91 campaign through the 1999-'00 season.
A good draft could begin to turn things around. But the Suns also need a franchise center, and Arizona's Deandre Ayton is a superb offensive weapon and rebounder, putting him in major contention for the top pick as well. "Doncic would give the Suns another perimeter playmaker, a primary ball-handler and much-needed shooting".
Where might other Triangle players land out of the 60 picks in the draft? Even if the 7-foot-1 forward isn't a perennial all-star, he is a local product who fans can identify with.
"You look at his career in the last two years, he made unbelievable improvements as a player", he said.
The next in a line of bigs to go off the board, Bagley is the player at the top of this next grouping. Young averaged almost 9 assists to go along with over 27 points a game. If he develops a consistent jumper, he has all the remaining tools to be a stud. One could be talked into taking either one of these prospects, as they both have skills ready for the league and have tremendously high ceilings.
When it comes to Ayton, there were two knocks on his game that anxious scouts this season: First, that he was not as engaged as he should have been, and he sometimes lacks passion, focus and intensity; and, second, that he did not dominate defensively the way he should have.
The last player Orlando could consider with the 6th pick is somewhat of a wild card having only played a handful of games at the college level.
But three members of the Sixers' front office - Colangelo, Eversley and Elton Brand - all said there's enough depth in this summer draft to get a solid player at 10. But with the opportunity to add a player like Ayton, the Suns look like they've finally built something during this extended process. Booker, Warren, Jackson, Dragan Bender and Elfrid Payton all fall under that age mark and make for a compelling nucleus. Even if they just improve by ten games this coming season that would surely go a long way with the fanbase who is desperate for a victor.
Ayton can be the type of rim protector National Basketball Association teams covet. Unlike Ayton, he's expected to work at the draft combine that commences in earnest in Chicago on Thursday, and he will be on the Suns' radar.