Phoenix Suns select Deandre Ayton with top overall NBA draft pick

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2018 NBA Draft results

The Phoenix Suns were generally expected to select Deandre Ayton as this year's top pick in the NBA Draft.

To be able to pull off the trade with the 76ers to acquire Bridges' draft rights, the Suns had to trade pick #16 and Miami's unprotected 2021 first round pick that was acquired when the Suns traded Goran Dragic.

McDonough explained "there were no surprises" with Ayton, who became the first-ever No. 1 pick in Suns franchise history. With the Suns taking Ayton with the top pick, the Kings had their chance to shore up their backcourt for the foreseeable future alongside De'Aaron Fox and move another step closer to relevancy. I just did the routine everyone else is supposed to do and I just soaked in and enjoyed the moment. "It was just priceless".

Atlanta also ended up with Villanova's Omari Spellman, selected 30th overall in the first round. They've chosen second overall twice. In Ayton, the Suns received an instant upgrade to a front court that last season saw soon-to-be 36-year-old Tyson Chandler as its steadiest producer.

Ayton previously mentioned the prospects of teaming with Booker to create one of the league's most dynamic tandems. ESPN should not only highlight these newcomers but should provide insightful basketball analysis, instead of reality-TV content.

He will instantly bring competitiveness, intensity and most importantly spacing to Phoenix next year, and will give the Suns a viable option down low - something that has been missing since Amare Stoudamire left the franchise.

The 19-year-old ranked among the national leaders in rebounds (11.6 per game) and blocks (1.9 per game) last season as a one-and-done freshman.

Meanwhile, the 6-foot-7 Bridges was a third-team All-American and a member of Villanova's 2018 Final Four team.

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This marks the first time Arizona has had a player selected No. 1 overall. Their target was Bridges, who McDonough called "the ideal 3-and-D forward".

The top of it was dominated by big men, starting with a pair of former high school teammates.

Born and raised in Nassau, Bahamas, Ayton began seriously pursing basketball at age 12 after attending the Jeff Rodgers Basketball Camp, the Bahamas' premier summer basketball program. He eventually transferred to Hillcrest Academy. "I think LeBron has more than earned the right to approach his contracts the way he does. I just want to be the best great player". "I can't wait to start this up".

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

"I think we had a few things early, a few things in the middle and a few things late".

He says, "In the Bahamas, a lot of people can not afford Nike or Adidas". "We like that as well; just the positional balance and the opportunity for those guys to grow and advance together". "He averaged 14 (.8) points a game, and in Maryland's system he wasn't really like a playmaker - he struggled with turnovers and all that stuff - but when he went to the combine, all of a sudden there's a ton of space on the floor", Dagostino said.

"My dad is from Nigeria, my mom is Jamaican and Bahamian, so I'm helping all those countries in one". I just do that the best that I can and just help this community start over and be the best player I can possibly be. I'm Nigerian and Jamaican.

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