Suns wins NBA draft lottery, right to pick No. 1 next month

Suns wins NBA draft lottery, right to pick No. 1 next month

After winning Tuesday's National Basketball Association draft lottery, how quickly can the Phoenix Suns return to the playoffs?

It's the first time the Suns will have the chance to make the first overall selection.

Adding Ayton to a group that includes promising shooting guard Devin Booker, lottery representative Josh Jackson (last year's No. 4 pick) and 2016 lottery picks Dragan Bender and Marquese Chriss would give the Suns young talent at four of the five positions, leaving point guard Phoenix's biggest weakness.

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. This will be the first time ever that the Kings will have the second pick in the draft during the Sacramento era.

The Suns have three great candidates for No. 1, all with ties to either Arizona or new Phoenix coach Igor Kokoskov. After that, the Kings will likely take Luka Doncic.

While the top of the lottery is absolutely stacked with above-average frontcourt defenders like Texas center Mo Bamba, Michigan State freshman Jaren Jackson, and Arizona by way of the Bahamas Deandre Ayton, there should be plenty of promising wing players available at 10 to Ben Simmons, Dario Saric, Robert Covington, and Joel Embiid moving forward.

The Philadelphia 76ers, represented by former standout Elton Brand, are looking to gain another coveted asset when it comes to the NBA Draft lottery on Tuesday night. The Cavs' pick originally belonged to the Brooklyn Nets - the key piece to last summer's Kyrie Irving trade with the Boston Celtics. They have three picks in the first 31 in this draft, plus have some cap room to work with this summer.

Jackson said he thinks the Suns need a big man. The team with the worst record will receive no worse than the fifth pick; under the current system, the team with the worst record receives no worse than the fourth pick.

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