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Phoenix Suns select Deandre Ayton as first overall pick

Phoenix Suns select Deandre Ayton as first overall pick

A huge cheer went up from the several thousand fans at Talking Stick Resort Arena on Thursday night for the draft party.

"It was a pretty special moment for our franchise", McDonough said.

Now one of the most talked about players in the league is newly minted Phoenix Suns player Deandre Ayton who was selected first overall in this year's NBA Draft. But the Suns are tired of stockpiling assets.

The 76ers got former SMU guard Shake Milton, who was the 55th choice.

At the start of the second round, the Suns snagged a French point guard, Elie Okobo. The top pick was Deandre Ayton, to the shock of nobody.

The New York Times' Marc Stein and Yahoo!

Jackson went fourth overall, Bamba was sixth and Carter one back in seventh.

"I was just waiting for my name, and when he called it, my mind went blank", Ayton said. Unless you haven't noticed, the style of play that Golden State uses helps with their National Basketball Association dominance. Ayton replied that he's no ordinary center.

He will instantly bring competitiveness, intensity and most importantly spacing to Phoenix next year, and will give the Suns a viable option down low - something that has been missing since Amare Stoudamire left the franchise. "I'm a victor, and I'm going to help this team win".

That's probably all I can say at this point regarding him, but we don't take him for granted. He will fit well next to Devin Booker. A billboard of those three already has been erected downtown.

"We're very hungry", Ayton said.

Power Home Remodeling, a Philadelphia-based company, has become a James recruiter, originally setting up three billboards in Cleveland urging him to come to the city. I had a lot of confidence because I knew I deserved this. "I was just really excited to get to Atlanta". "I just want to be the best great player".

"He's a great leader, a great person", Doncic said of the 2007 MVP and 2011 NBA Finals MVP. "Through my career I'll always have that chip on my shoulder", Ayton said.

Now the Suns move on to the next phase.

"We're young, but we're very hungry".

Any analysis, especially insightful, is a stretch for today's ESPN, but some of last night's commentary was simply disappointing. "We were aggressive (in the draft) and we're going to continue to be aggressive as soon as free agency starts". "We've got some money to spend and we're looking to spend it on the best players we can get".

Phoenix Suns' Deandre Ayton answers a question at a news conference as the team introduces its new players after the NBA basketball draft Friday, June 22, 2018, in Phoenix.

Joel Embiid isn't here for any DeAndre Ayton comparisons.

So ask Nelson about a player the Mavericks clearly coveted heading into the draft in Doncic, and he'll choose his words carefully regarding the 19-year-old from Slovenia. With a score-first mindset and plenty of upside, Okobo was ranked much higher on Phoenix's draft board than where they got him, per McDonough, and he could wind up being one of the best point guards in the entire draft class if he lives up to the hype.


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