NBA Draft 2018: Top 10 players that’ll have the best NBA careers

Deandre Ayton played a lot of Fortnite before NBA draft to calm his nerves

Deandre Ayton played a lot of Fortnite before NBA draft to calm his nerves

The Spurs haven't had a pick higher than 20 since Tim Duncan was drafted in 1997.

The Big 12 fell far short of matching its seven NCAA berths with only three first-round picks. He was the No. 1 overall pick, taken by the Phoenix Suns. Three Wildcats wound up drafted among the first 30 picks.

"Following his workout with Phoenix in early June, the 7'1", 250-pounder told reporters, "I know I'm going #1".

The Dallas Mavericks has been looking for someone to replace their aging superstar Dirk Nowitzki.

DeAndre Ayton, at 13/5, is listed as the favorite to win the award.

The Slovenian teenager -considered one of the best prospects to come out of Europe- was picked No. 3 overall by the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday night, amid reports that he would quickly be traded to Dallas for the No. 5 pick and a future first-round selection. He helped Madrid to the EuroLeague and Spanish ACB titles while winning the MVPs of the EuroLeague regular season, the EuroLeague Final Four and the Spanish ACB league.

The Suns, were BAD last season. "I think we thought they were close, but you don't really know".

Bridges shot almost 44% in his junior year of college basketball - a figure that you could see translating into the NBA in the future.

"It's like I've known him my whole life", Bridges said. "I think Kevin is a better passer than Korver is, and he can get his shot off faster".

"We had Elie rated a lot higher", McDonough said.




Prior to the draft, Ayton's defense was questioned after the Bahamian-born 7-foot-1 forward averaged 20.1 points per game at Arizona.

According to John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports 98.7, the Suns were planning to select Villanova guard Donte DiVincenzo with the second of their two first-round picks, but the Philadelphia 76ers presented them with a trade offer they couldn't refuse.

"Having my name called being the first pick for the Phoenix Suns was mind-blowing", he said.

"I was just waiting for my name, and when he called it, my mind went blank", Ayton said.

Marvin Bagley III, a 6ft 11in centre, was selected second by Sacramento Kings.

The Cleveland Cavaliers made the most highly-anticipated selection of the lower lottery, using the eighth pick, which they acquired from the Boston Celtics (originally owned by the Brooklyn Nets) in the Kyrie Irving trade last August, on Alabama point guard Collin Sexton.

This is the first time National Basketball Association has started the draft with an elaborate introduction.

Watch his interview he had following his selection on Thursday night! "Let's keep this conversation going, '" McDonough said. "They can chant Michael Porter all they want". We want to respect his space during this process and I continue to have really good dialogue with his management team as he goes through that process. Walker was viewed as a potential lottery pick by some.

Tyneeha Rivers, the mother of Mikal Bridges and the Philadelphia 76ers' vice president of human resources, understandably was thrilled when her team selected Bridges 10th overall, gushing to ESPN's Maria Taylor about her son coming home. 11 and 12, with the Clippers moving up one place to lock up Kentucky point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.

The players in NY who were headed to the Green Room were individually introduced on stage before the draft officially started.

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