How ESPN Ruined The 2018 NBA Draft


During his one season in Tucson, the 19-year-old was a Consensus First Team All-America selection and won the 2018 Karl Malone Award given to the nation's best power forward. Talk about awkward. Anything the Cavs do to retain The King will likely include packaging their newest draft pick in a trade for another star, just like they did with Andrew Wiggins in 2014. 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.

University of Arizona freshman Deandre Ayton became a Phoenix Sun when the team used the first pick in this year's NBA draft on the center, who played high school basketball in Phoenix.

For Ayton, the expectations that accompany the first pick were evident.

"Having my name called to be the first pick for the Phoenix Suns was mind-blowing".

The Suns never before had selected first overall in the draft, and with Ayton now on board, they hope not to do so again in the near future.

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The Atlanta Hawks swapped the rights to Doncic, the No. 3 pick who has spent the a year ago winning championships all over Europe, to Atlanta for Trae Young, the No. 5 selection from Oklahoma. 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've been talking to Dallas a lot".

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

"I think if you don't [rebuild] for that amount of time, it's hard to accumulate enough young talent to build and grow for a sustainable period of time", he said during ESPN2's draft combine special.

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The drafts sees teams select the best young college players and eligible global talent. Andrea Bargnani went No. 1 overall in 2006; the last top-five to come from an worldwide roster was Dragan Bender, who went No. 4 to Phoenix in 2016. "Seeing the reactions on my parent's faces was unreal", Ayton said of the moment he was selected.

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

Last season with Michigan State, Jackson averaged 10.9 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game while shooting 51.3 percent from the field and 39.6 percent from 3-point range.

Prior to the draft, it had been reported that ESPN had instructed its National Basketball Association insiders to not spoil draft picks. "Having all that confidence and leading up to that point when I saw Adam Silver came out, I was just waiting for my name, and when he called it, my mind went blank".

Besides Ayton and Bagley, other big men to go early included Wendell Carter (Chicago Bulls), Jaren Jackson (Memphis Grizzlies) and Mohamed Bamba (Orlando Magic).

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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.