Suns get their coveted center Ayton to anchor young squad

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

2018 NBA Draft results

"I see you need a few pieces".

Only a year ago we saw a Chicago-Minnesota Jimmy Butler blockbuster before the draft even started, as well as Philadelphia moving up to No. 1 in a surprising deal with Boston, former No. 2 pick D'Angelo Russell moving and a Dwight Howard trade (OK, we got one of those this year too earlier this week, but nobody was excited). They were constantly challenging me, and told me when I screwed up or played bad, but then also told me when I played well. And while there may always be some skepticism of European players because Darko Milicic bombed so badly after being taken right behind LeBron James and ahead of Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade 15 years ago, it would be a surprise if Doncic failed after all he's already done.

Any analysis, especially insightful, is a stretch for today's ESPN, but some of last night's commentary was simply disappointing. Miami historically has been a stable and well-run franchise from the top down. Instead, the well-known highlights of each player were reiterated with little acknowledgement of where the players were headed.

Pick #1 Deandre Ayton and pick #59 George King played each other three times a year ago when Arizona and Colorado squared off.

Porter Jr., whose college career at Missouri was all of three games because of back surgery, fell to the very last lottery spot in Thursday night's draft.

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The draft was special for Aaron Holiday, who by being picked by the Indiana Pacers with the 23rd pick will become the third Holiday brother in the National Basketball Association along with Jrue Holiday of the New Orleans Pelicans and the Chicago Bulls' Justin Holiday.

For now, Ayton, Booker, Jackson and Bridges give the Suns one of the NBA's more intriguing young cores, especially after factoring in Warren, Bender, Chriss and Okobo. Then came the night's first bit of drama.

For reference on that, my final mock draft had 10 of the top 14 picks correct, and all 14 of the players featured within were placed within the top 14. Walker was viewed as a potential lottery pick by some.

And he might just be the most accomplished and intriguing player in this class.

Rounding out the draft, the Suns actually used the 59th overall pick, choosing Colorado's George King.

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Cleveland Cavaliers - Jaren Jackson Jr. Embiid angrily responded on Twitter to say that Ayton should not be compared to him because he actually plays defense. A 6-7, 210-pound wing, he averaged 17.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.5 steals for the champs, while shooting 51.4 percent from the field, 43.5 percent from three-point range (18th best in the nation) and 85.1 percent from the free throw line.

If the racially-aligned player comparisons weren't awkward enough, the post-draft interviews for each player picked up the slack. Simply pointless questions regarding "the moment" and "what their team can expect" were repeated for each pick, with equally repetitive answers. They feel it spoils the suspense of live TV. "We're a young team and we're ready".

Standing out among the interviews was Colin Sexton's. All of that factored into our decision making.

At a loaded draft like this year, there really isn't a justification for any error when you have a top 3 pick. That's when I really got exposed, that's when the opportunities started, but it's just great.

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