There are two prospects in the 2018 NBA Draft that have lived at the top of draft boards for months: Arizona’s Deandre Ayton and Real Madrid’s Luka Doncic.
Ayton has been heralded as a big man prospect in the mold of David Robinson, a complete player on both ends of the floor with an NBA-ready body. Doncic is the 6’6 wunderkind that can do it all on the perimeter, has proven himself in the world’s second-best league, and is the latest oversized ball-handler ready to take over the league.
So, when the Phoenix Suns and Sacramento Kings landed the No. 1 and No. 2 picks respectively in Tuesday night’s NBA Draft Lottery, the expectation was they would each be getting a franchise changing star. However, there remains some risk in taking Doncic beyond the ever-present risk of drafting 18 and 19 year olds.