National Basketball Association draft lottery: Reaction around the league, and what's next


That means his vote, for now anyway, is Ayton. They chose Josh Jackson out of Kansas. On Tuesday night, the Phoenix Suns won the NBA Draft Lottery and now own the No. 1 overall pick in this summer's NBA Draft.

ESPN analyst Jay Bilas said it's "not a no-brainer" that the Suns will take Ayton. Can new head coach Igor Kokoskov and the No. 1 overall pick help propel them into competitiveness next season?

This is the third straight National Basketball Association draft lottery the Suns have had a top-four pick. Villanova wing Mikal Bridges, Michigan State forward Miles Bridges, Alabama point guard Collin Sexton, and Duke center Wendell Carter Jr. should all pique their interest.

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The Bulls could also trade up using that 22nd overall pick, though a pick that late in the round doesn't hold as much value in a league where top-tiered talent reigns supreme. Jazmyne, who was diagnosed with spina bifida while still in the womb, is passionate about basketball and always cheers loudly for her favorite team, the Phoenix Suns.

While picking first overall is an envious position, it won't be an easy choice for the Suns, as Ayton and Doncic are both potential franchise-changing players.

The organization has been dormant for the last eight years. If you can stick with a team, especially one like the Philadelphia 76ers who (somewhat intentionally) underwent one of the worst stretches of extended non-competitiveness in recent memory, then you're probably ready for a deep romantic relationship with another human being. Ending that drought will take proper scouting by the Suns' front office and talent evaluators. Kokoskov coached global prospect and consensus top three pick, Luka Doncic, overseas and could try to reunite in the desert. However, if the Suns go against conventional wisdom and select Deandre Ayton, the team identity becomes drastically different.