The 2018 NBA Draft is here! It seems like it was just yesterday when the Golden State Warriors closed out the 2017-18 campaign by sweeping the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Finals to win their third championship in four years. And you would be kinda right.
Following a break from the NBA which lasted less than two weeks, the league’s focus turns to the teams that were the furthest away from capturing a title this past season. Tonight, those franchises can begin to turn their luck around with one draft pick.
After finishing with a 21-61 record last season and having the lottery balls roll in their favor, the Phoenix Suns will be selecting first in this year’s draft. Despite what analysts may claim to know about Arizona center DeAndre Ayton going to the Suns with the first overall selection, there are no guarantees in the draft until that card gets handed in. There will be some surprises along the way. Some teams will zig when everyone else expected them to zag. There may even be a trade. We’ll keep track of all that and more in this 2018 NBA Draft roundup.
As expected, Ayton and Marvin Bagley III went No. 1 and No. 2 to the Suns and Sacramento Kings, respectively, the Atlanta Hawks and Dallas Mavericks agreed in principle to a deal that would involve them swapping their picks in this year's draft.
Fearful that either the Memphis Grizzlies would take Doncic with the fourth overall pick, the Mavericks offered their fifth pick and a future first-rounder to complete a deal with the Hawks. The backcourt duo of Doncic and Dennis Smith Jr. could be exciting to watch for years to come.
As is the tradition of New York Knicks' fans, the selection of Kevin Knox was booed.
Amid concerns that the Suns would try to leapfrog over them to acquire Kentucky point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, the Los Angeles Clippers moved up one spot, snagging the 11th overall pick from the Charlotte Hornets.
The Clippers completed the deal by taking Michigan State forward Miles Bridges with 12th overall pick, and sending him to Charlotte. After taking Villanova's Mikel Bridges at 10, the Philadelphia 76ers swapped with the Suns for Zhaire Smith of Texas Tech. If you are a Suns fan, you have to like the nice nucleus of young talent being constructed with Bridges and Ayton to go along with Devin Booker and TJ Warren.