The NBA Draft always brings plenty of surprises and this year was no different.
The Phoenix Suns, with the franchise’s first No. 1 pick, selected Deandre Ayton. The former Arizona star was named the Pac-12 Player of the Year and the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, after averaging 20.1 points, 11.6 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game. His 24 double-doubles tied for the second-most ever by a freshman in Division I history.
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The Sacramento Kings then took Duke’s Marvin Bagley III with the No. 2 pick. The 6-foot-11, 235-pound freshman he became just the third player in ACC history to lead the conference in scoring (21.0), rebounding (11.1) and shooting (61.4%) in his only collegiate season. Tim Duncan and Horace Grant were the other two.
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Then the fireworks began.
With the No. 3 pick, the Atlanta Hawks took Luka Doncic, who many believe could end up being the best pick of the draft. The 6-foot-6 guard, who played for Real Madrid, ended up being traded to the Dallas Mavericks for the fifth overall pick (Oklahoma scoring sensation Trae Young), along with a 2019 first-round pick.
Michael Porter Jr., who was considered by many as the top candidates for the No. 1 overall pick last year, slid all the way down to No. 14 before the Denver Nuggets picked him up. Despite injury concerns in college this past season, the Nuggets viewed Porter’s potential as too great to pass up. Even after suffering a back injury in his debut for Missouri, the 2017 McDonald’s All-American and Mr. Basketball USA played in just three games for the Tigers. However, with incredible size and athleticism, Porter, if he can stay healthy, could very well be a star in the league.
The Utah Jazz, who struck gold last year by selecting Donovan Mitchell, took Duke’s Grayson Allen with the No. 21 pick. The 6-foot-5 combo guard averaged 15.5 points as a senior last season for the Blue Devils and shot 37% from beyond the arc. Allen, is also from the same team that Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder played for.
“We got the Duke connection,” Allen told ESPN. “I know he’s a great coach.”
“Adding a guy like him, elite scorer, great guy, great defender who plays unselfish—man, we got a good one in him and we’re excited,” added Mitchell.
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NBA Draft Results
1. Phoenix Suns – Deandre Ayton, Arizona
2. Sacramento Kings – Marvin Bagley III, Duke
3. Atlanta Hawks – Luka Doncic, Slovenia
4. Memphis Grizzlies – Jaren Jackson Jr., Michigan State
5. Dallas Mavericks – Trae Young, Oklahoma
6. Orlando Magic – Mo Bamba, Texas
7. Chicago Bulls – Wendell Carter Jr., Duke
8. Cleveland Cavaliers – Collin Sexton, Alabama
9. New York Knicks – Kevin Knox, Kentucky
10. Philadelphia 76ers – Mikal Bridges, Villanova
11. Charlotte Hornets – Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Kentucky
12. Los Angeles Clippers – Miles Bridges, Michigan State
13. Los Angeles Clippers – Jerome Robinson, Boston College
14. Denver Nuggets – Michael Porter Jr., Missouri
15. Washington Wizards – Troy Brown Jr., Oregon
16. Phoenix Suns – Zhaire Smith, Texas Tech
17. Milwaukee Bucks – Donte DiVincenzo, Villanova
18. San Antonio Spurs – Lonnie Walker, Miami
19. Atlanta Hawks – Kevin Huerter, Maryland
20. Minnesota Timberwolves – Josh Okogie, Georgia Tech
21. Utah Jazz – Grayson Allen, Duke
22. Chicago Bulls – Chandler Hutchison, Boise State
23. Indiana Pacers – Aaron Holiday, UCLA
24. Portland Trail Blazers – Anfernee Simons, IMG
25. Los Angeles Lakers – Mo Wagner, Michigan
26. Philadelphia 76ers – Landry Shamet, Wichita State
27. Boston Celtics – Robert Williams, Texas A&M
28. Golden State Warriors – Jacob Evans, Cincinnati
29. Brooklyn Nets – Dzanan Musa, Bosnia-Herzegovina
30. Atlanta Hawks – Omari Spellman, Villanova
31. Phoenix Suns – Elie Okobo, France
32. Memphis Grizzlies – Jevon Carter, West Virginia
33. Dallas Mavericks – Jalen Brunson, Villanova
34. Atlanta Hawks – Devonte’ Graham, Kansas
Graham is headed to Charlotte in exchange for two future second-round picks.
35. Orlando Magic – Melvin Frazier, Tulane
36. New York Knicks – Mitchell Robinson, Chalmette High School
37. Sacramento Kings – Gary Trent Jr., Duke
Trent Jr. is headed to the Trail Blazers for two 2019 second-round picks and cash.
38. Philadelphia 76ers – Khyri Thomas, Creighton
Thomas traded to the Detroit Pistons.
39. Philadelphia 76ers – Isaac Bonga, Germany
40. Brooklyn Nets – Rodions Kurucs, Latvia
41. Orlando Magic – Jarred Vanderbilt, Kentucky
Vanderbilt was traded to Denver for Justin Jackson and a future second-round pick.
42. Detroit Pistons – Bruce Brown Jr., Miami
43. Denver Nuggets – Justin Jackson, Maryland
44. Washington Wizards – Issuf Sanon, Ukraine
45. Brooklyn Nets – Hamidou Diallo, Kentucky
Diallo reportedly traded to the Charlotte Hornets.
46. Houston Rockets – De’Anthony Melton, Southern California
47. Los Angeles Lakers – Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, Kansas
48. Minnesota Timberwolves – Keita Bates-Diop, Ohio State
49. San Antonio Spurs – Chimezie Metu, USC
50. Indiana Pacers – Alize Johnson, Missouri State
51. New Orleans Pelicans – Tony Carr, Penn State
52. Utah Jazz – Vincent Edwards, Purdue
53. Oklahoma City Thunder – Devon Hall, Virginia
54. Dallas Mavericks – Shake Milton, SMU
Milton traded to the Philadelphia 76ers.
55. Charlotte Hornets – Arnoldas Kulboka, Lithuania
56. Philadelphia 76ers – Ray Spalding, Louisville
Spalding traded to the Dallas Mavericks.
57. Oklahoma City Thunder – Kevin Hervey, UT-Arlington
58. Denver Nuggets – Thomas Welsh, UCLA
59. Phoenix Suns – George King, Colorado
60. Philadelphia 76ers – Kostas Antetokounmpo, Dayton