Phoenix Suns #1 Pick Overall
My immediate take as soon as the first pick of the NBA draft happened was, thank goodness the Suns didn’t mess it up. The Suns added a very exciting young big that is an elite rebounder and solid scorer from the post. Deandre Ayton has excellent touch on his jump shot from mid-range and shoots 75% from the free throw line.
Playing in Sean Miller’s defense, you would expect the seven-footer to be better than the fourth-ranked within the Pac-12 in blocked shots. He attributed the lack of blocks to not playing much on the ball defense in the system. I see him being able to use his freakish athleticism to defend at a high level in the NBA despite what Joel Embiid tweets.
Don’t compare Ayton to me either… I play DEFENSE
— Joel Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) June 22, 2018
I am very excited to see the two-man game that Booker and Ayton can create for Phoenix. Will they be Stockton and Malone or Kobe and Shaq, I doubt it. But, I do think that they will create unique matchups to take advantage of most teams.
Phoenix Suns #16 Pick
The Suns’ second pick had a little drama to it. As the picks kept coming in and Micheal Porter Jr. was still on the board at 12, Suns draft twitter started getting excited. There was real buzz that the 6′ 10″ phenom would still be on the board for Phoenix. By the time the Nuggets were on the clock fans were foaming at the mouth for the big man as Denver ruined their hopes and took Porter two picks ahead of the Suns.
When the 16th pick arrived fans were convinced that the pick was Donte DiVincenzo, but a trade offer came in. John Gambadoro detailed this perfectly on Twitter.
Ok here is how it went down according to the Suns – 30 seconds before the Suns were going to select Donte DiVincenzo they got a call from Philly who proposed a trade that Phoenix couldn’t pass up.
— John Gambadoro (@Gambo987) June 22, 2018
Bridges, whose mother works for the Sixers was giving an interview about how great it is to stay in Philly before he found out about the trade. It had to be a tough moment for Bridges, but an early reminder that this is a business. I like Bridges a lot. He is a knockdown shooter from the catch and shoot or off the dribble. Bridges is also a good defender and finishes at the rim very well. He can be a starter next year if the Suns decide to play Booker, Jackson, and Bridges together.
Suns Pick #31 (Second Round)
Finally, with the 31st pick, the Suns took the French guard Elie Okobo. The guard once dropped 44 in a first-round playoff game and averaged nearly three steals a game. I don’t know enough about him to say if he is the answer to the point guard issue in Phoenix, but at 31 he was worth the risk.
As a struggling Suns fan, I would say that I am skeptically optimistic, but there is hope. That is something that I haven’t had in a while when it comes to the hometown team. Let me know what you think about the picks in the comments or on twitter @lennyletcher.