Published: Tue, June 26, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Adrian Wojnarowski Doesn’t Care About ESPN’s NBA Draft Twitter Rules

Adrian Wojnarowski Doesn’t Care About ESPN’s NBA Draft Twitter Rules

There is a newfound sense of optimism surrounding the Phoenix Suns and for good reason.

The Dallas Mavericks has been looking for someone to replace their aging superstar Dirk Nowitzki. Luka Doncic - drafted by the Atlanta Hawks at No. 3 and will be traded to the Dallas Mavericks for No. 5 overall pick Trae Young - has the second-best odds at 3/1.

Coach Rick Carlisle dropped a few global names in trying to describe the versatility Dallas thinks is offered by the 6-foot-7 Doncic, who won Euroleague MVP and Final Four MVP honors while helping Real Madrid win the title just days before the draft.

"We've been talking about it through high school, and now here we are", Ayton said. "And I like I said, it was an historical year and probably one of the best postseason runs of all time and very, very fortunate to have him here, and what he gave to this franchise this year was nothing short of remarkable".

"I think we had a few things early, a few things in the middle and a few things late".

"It's like I've known him my whole life", Bridges said. "I just want to learn so much about him". Ayton and Bagley are the tallest tandem of one-two picks since 2006.

The Suns stayed close to home to take the 7-foot-1 Ayton, the center from Arizona who averaged 20.1 points and 11.6 rebounds in his lone season in Tucson.

The 2018 NBA Draft seemed like it would be one that was chaotic, and there were moments of absolute thrills as we wound our way through the selections. He was the No. 1 overall pick, taken by the Phoenix Suns. "Having all that confidence and leading up to that point when I saw Adam Silver came out, I was just waiting for my name, and when he called it, my mind went blank".

Another Phoenix product, Duke University's Marvin Bagley III, went second in the draft behind Deandre Ayton.

The NBA has evolved from a league dominated by big men who could score on the inside to one where perimeter players now reign supreme with their shooting from the outside. On draft night, it should be about what's next for them in the league.

The National Basketball Association's (NBA) lightweights got the message on Thursday (June 21): If you're going to compete with the heavyweights, you've got to get bigger.

They need to decide whether or not they want Ulis on the team. "But they got Kevin Knox, and I'm willing to work and I'm willing to get better". The steep price paid by Chicago to pick up a non-lottery selection from New Orleans (22nd overall) back in February also might have scared off potential opportunists.

The Suns kept busy Thursday night, later acquiring the draft rights to Mikal Bridges in a deal that sent Zhaire Smith, selected at No. 16, to the Philadelphia 76ers. With Phoenix reportedly also trying to land Gilgeous-Alexander, the Hornets managed to extract a pair of future second-round picks from Los Angeles, along with the 12th pick, which they used to select Miles Bridges. The 2018 Final Four Most Outstanding Player went No. 17 overall to the Milwaukee Bucks, who made the postseason past year and will presumably get a lot of national exposure thanks to the presence of Giannis Antetokounmpo.

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