The final step in determining the first 14 picks in the 2018 NBA Draft occurred on Tuesday night. A bunch of ping pong balls flew around indiscriminately to determine the order atop the Draft, with the results getting read during the 2018 NBA Draft Lottery in Chicago. When all was said and done, it was determined that the Phoenix Suns would end up with the No. 1 pick this summer.
Here are the full results from this year’s Draft Lottery:
- Phoenix Suns
- Sacramento Kings
- Atlanta Hawks
- Memphis Grizzlies
- Dallas Mavericks
- Orlando Magic
- Chicago Bulls
- Cleveland Cavaliers (via Brooklyn Nets)
- New York Knicks
- Philadelphia 76ers (via Los Angeles Lakers)
- Charlotte Hornets
- Los Angeles Clippers (via Detroit Pistons)
- Los Angeles Clippers
- Denver Nuggets
This marks the first time the Suns have ever had the top pick in the NBA Draft. The team had the worst record in the league and had the best chance at earning the top selection once the Draft rolls around.
Now that the Draft Lottery is all said and done, the Suns will have quite the decision to make. Do they go with Deandre Ayton, the indomitable center from a few hours away at the University of Arizona who looks like the NBA’s next great big man? Do they select Luka Doncic, the playmaking wing who has reached unprecedented heights for Real Madrid and suited up for new head coach Igor Kokoškov on the Slovenian national team? Or do they go in a different direction, falling in love with someone like Duke’s Marvin Bagley III or Michigan State’s Jaren Jackson Jr.?
The good news is the top of this draft is absolutely loaded, so there are no real “wrong” answers. The Suns has a tough decision to make at No. 1, but hey, at least they have the opportunity to draft anyone they want.