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The 2018 NBA Draft first round in full The 2018 NBA Draft is in the books here we recap the entire first
Jan Ortega | 26 June, 2018, 01:26

The Phoenix Suns announced the team's four 2018 draft picks: Deandre Ayton, Mikal Bridges, Elie Okobo and George King. Ayton worked out for the Suns and followed it up by saying he knew he was the No. 1 overall pick. I worked hard for this. "There's just some really cool elements to this that take me back and remind me about what it was like 20 years ago when we were watching these young guys". "It's breathtaking that my name was called ... and then his name was called".

"Last night was symbolic to me that it was kind of a defining moment in this rebuild", said Carlisle, who had just one losing season as a coach before the current Dallas slide. "I saw the reaction on my mom's face and it was just priceless". In the case of Ayton, a player expected to go No. 1 in the draft for quite a while, his destination was only touched upon.

- Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 21, 2018Orlando is focused on selecting Texas center Mo Bamba with the sixth pick, league source tells ESPN.

The Suns have drafted as high as second twice, in 1969 and 1987. Ayton was the Pac-12 Player of the Year, averaging 20.1 points and 11.6 rebounds per game. It's a simple formula, but it's one that the Suns can believe in with Ayton's potential.

"Having a guard like Devin Booker, who can really score the ball and me being a big man who can really pick-and-pop, very versatile, that's very risky", Ayton said. "They sound great, and I can't wait to get to know them".

BOISE, ID - MARCH 15: Deandre Ayton #13 of the Arizona Wildcats dunks the ball in the first half against the Buffalo Bulls during the first round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Taco Bell Arena on March 15, 2018 in Boise, Idaho. He's the ninth consecutive one-and-done player to be taken No. 1 overall. Ayton spent the 2015-16 academic year at Hillcrest Prep in Phoenix. He was selected to the USA Today All-USA Boys Basketball Team and was also a McDonalds and Jordan Brand All-American.

The top of it was dominated by big men, starting with a pair of former high school teammates. "I want to start my own thing".

"We love him, this city loves him". "They were very nice to me, and I think we had a very good relationship". We can bring the opportunity to them. "I'm a victor, and I'm going to help this team win". A couple other players are going with much lighter shades of blue.

With James capable of shifting the balance of power in the East depending on his free agency decision, Leonard's impending divorce with San Antonio (though the club is still holding out some hope of mending fences) and the continuing presence of mighty Golden State, nobody wanted to be bold. I'm Nigerian and Jamaican. "The game is changing a lot, but I just want to stick to the old-school big man, being down low and really trying to be dominant".

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