The top 3 picks went according to general consensus, as the Suns drafted Arizona Wildcat DeAndre Ayton with the #1 overall pick, the Kings took Marvin Bagley off the board at #2 and Luka Doncic went at #3. But more than a half-hour after he was traded, and while he was doing media wearing a Sixers hat, Philadelphia traded him to Phoenix for Zhaire Smith, the 16th pick, and an unprotected first-round pick from the Miami Heat in 2021.
The game company has today revealed plans to launch a new esports program dubbed the US Nationals, to serve as a spotlight for American Rainbow Six Siege teams. "We were only going to put it in play if we had a chance to get a special player and that's how we feel about McKell".
"I'm just excited to finally get a jersey on and be able to play five-on-five again", Ayton said. Ayton said the two could form a power duo he called "Shaq and Kobe 2.0", referring to former Los Angeles Lakers teammates Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant.
"I sat there and I watched".
"I've been talking to Dallas a lot". We can just start schools, we can start better basketball opportunities to really have more exposure. "He's a cool guy, I respect his game, he respects mine". "You know, there's very little that is unknown about him".
"I'm speechless", he told the team's website after Tuesday's victory. "We never talked about 'Oh we might be together, ' but it's insane right after I got traded, I was waiting to see him and he was hyped and I was hyped too". Ayton worked out for the Suns and followed it up by saying he knew he was the No. 1 overall pick.
"It's unprotected, it could be a great pick". Starting with the Arison family and Pat Riley. The Nuggets are in a smaller market, have loads of young, intriguing talent, have a locker room with veterans like Paul Millsap and almost made the postseason this year. They made a decision to go with the 7-foot-1 Mo Bamba heading into draft night already with an extremely crowded front court of Nikola Vucevic, Aaron Gordon, Bismack Biyombo, Jonathan Isaac, Maresse Speights and Khem Birch.
Doncic would fill that void and them some.
However, for the top players who didn't get selected, it will definitely sting.
Even with Ayton, a native of the Bahamas, and Doncic at the top of the list of global candidates, the strength of this draft is at the college level. He attacks the rim, and he can post up as well.
The days of buying into drafts at minimal cost appear to be long gone.
The Cleveland Cavaliers, who have reached the NBA Finals the last four years, picked Collin Sexton at number eight and the new point guard had a message to superstar LeBron James, who is now debating where he will play next season. His value has gone up, but Jakob Poeltl had a rough finish to the season and new head coach Nick Nurse is likely the staunchest Valanciunas backer in the organization.
Doncic's resume is as eye-popping as his 6-foot-8 point guard frame and he's not even done with his teenage years. One thing that really, really kind of draws attention is how fast he improved and how fast his game changed in the last six months to previous year so we're just hoping that's going to go up and we are going to help him become even better.
It is refreshing to see new people with new skills come into the league and make their mark.
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