How Deandre Ayton will fit in within the Phoenix Suns

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

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

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 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.

On and off the court.

Some fans are hoping that with Ayton's help, the Suns could finally bounce back into their glory days.

He is the ninth consecutive college freshman to be selected with the first overall pick. He would later transfer to Hillcrest Prep and move to Phoenix to live with his family.

"I was just waiting for my name, and when he called it, my mind went blank", Ayton said. "Having all that confidence leading up to that point when I saw [NBA commissioner] Adam Silver come out, I was just waiting for my name".

Newly hired Suns coach Igor Kokoškov will have some good pieces in his first season in Phoenix, and will rely on Sean Miller a bit too, in how to coach Ayton. Although the No. 1 overall pick had 14 points and 13 rebounds, an unfortunate loss cut his championship dreams short. "We've been fortunate that we've had a very strong fan base even through some of the tough times here", Rowley said.

The top of it was dominated by big men, starting with a pair of former high school teammates. "As if Sexton was supposed to say, 'LeBron please stay, I promise I'll know the score during the final seconds of a playoff game".

Question is, what exactly are the Suns getting in Ayton?

The Kentucky point guard became the latest Canadian lottery pick on Thursday night when he landed with the Los Angeles Clippers, the team that wanted him most all along and one that he felt comfortable with. "This is the kind of runway you'd really like to have". With Ayton, the Suns have a legitimate option at the post, one who would complement the team's perimeter guys like Devin Booker, Josh Jackson, and TJ Warren. "Again, that kind of resonates with people".

They also emerged from the draft with Mikal Bridges, the 10th overall selection, but paid a dear price to do so, being forced to part with the No. 16 pick in this year's draft as well as a potentially valuable first round pick from the Miami Heat in 2021 that is unprotected. "He was always the front-runner by the end of last week". Among his many honors, he was a McDonald's All-American, Naismith Trophy High School All-American, USA TODAY ALL-USA First Team selection, and played in the Jordan Brand Classic and Nike Hoop Summit. "We put him through the ringer to push him". "The door is going to be open, and he's going to be more than welcome to join us".

"We're young, but we're very hungry".

"Having a guard like Devin Booker, who can really score the ball and me being a big man who can really pick-and-pop, very versatile, that's very risky", Ayton said.

In the 2017-18 season, National Basketball Association fans got to see for themselves young players like Jayson Tatum, Donovan Mitchell, Ben Simmons, Lauri Markkanen and Kyle Kuzma burst onto the scene and made an impact on their teams and the National Basketball Association as a whole.

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