Biggest winners and losers of 2018 National Basketball Association draft

Eight of the top 15 picks in the NBA draft were ALL-USA players

The center Ayton, a native of the Bahamas, went to high school for two years in Phoenix and then attended the University of Arizona in nearby Tuscon for one season. He's the archetype of a modern-day big man offensively, as he can step out and hit three-pointers - he shot 34.3% from deep on 35 attempts this past season - or serve as a dominant pick-and-roll companion.

McDonough said that Ayton's workout "in and of itself was as impressive as I've ever seen in my 16 drafts in the National Basketball Association". "The fans here are awesome. I think we thought they were close, but you don't really know".

Arizona's Deandre Ayton, Duke's Marvin Bagley III and Wendell Carter Jr., Michigan State's Jaren Jackson Jr. and Texas center Mo Bamba are all expected to be high selections Thursday night in Brooklyn. Later, The Dallas Mavericks picked Trae Young but traded him to Atlanta for Luca Doncic and a future first round pick.

"It means a lot to me because the fans there are fantastic, they are the best fans in the world, and you know, I really want to".

After capping his brilliant stay in Spain with another title, the Slovenian guard heads the list of worldwide players expected to be selected, a teenager whose resume is already more complete than even some of the most season veterans.

Doncic, who recently won the Euroleague MVP award, travelled to NY just days after sealing the Spanish league championship with Real Madrid.

Duke senior captain Grayson Allen was selected by the Utah Jazz with the No. 21 overall pick in the NBA Draft, capping the three Blue Devils who were taken in the First Round. Brunson helped Villanova win the 2018 NCAA collegiate title.

The Phoenix Suns traded with the 76ers to get Villanova's Mikal Bridges in the first round.

Ayton, who turns 20 in July, starred in his one season at Arizona, where he was named the Pac-12 Player of the Year and the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, while averaging 20.1 points, 11.6 rebounds and 1.9 blocks, and shooting 61.2 percent from the field.

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"LeBron, let's do it".

"That's probably all I can say at this point regarding him, but we don't take him for granted".

"He went through it this year a little bit with some of our young guys, especially in the playoffs", Altman said.

The Cavaliers believe drafting point guard Collin Sexton with the No. 8 pick on Thursday was a signal to James that they're still building around him.

Michael Porter Jr possesses top-three pick talent but he dropped to number 14 with the Denver Nuggets due to questions about his health. "I'm going to make sure this pick was the best this organisation has ever made", he boasted minutes after his long wait had ended.

The two lottery-draft picks, Ayton and Bridges, seemed to have an instant chemistry, both mentioning how they had come to be friends during the draft process.

The Suns made the 7-foot-1 Ayton the first No. 1 pick in franchise history.

The underrated 23-year-old should have been selected in the draft. Armed with the first overall pick - along with the #16, #31 and #59 selections - no team was better positioned to bolster its core than Phoenix.

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