Instead of taking DiVincenzo, they selected Texas Tech wing Zhaire Smith at #16, who they then packaged with the Miami Heat's unprotected 2021 first-round pick in exchange for the tenth overall pick, Mikal Bridges.
The Phoenix Suns have the No. 1 pick for the first time in franchise history and are expected to take the 7-foot-1 Ayton. I worked hard for this.
"I embrace it a lot", he said of the expectations placed upon him.
"Having my name called being the first pick for the Phoenix Suns was mind-blowing". "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".
As for Ayton, the Suns get a player who possesses elite physical traits, a developing inside-out skill set and already one of the most athletic centers in the league.
Huerter, who worked out for the Hawks before the National Basketball Association combine last month, was the second of Atlanta's three first-round selections.
The Suns have drafted as high as second twice, in 1969 and 1987.
The Cleveland Cavaliers, who have reached the NBA Finals the last four years, picked Collin Sexton at number eight and the new point guard had a message to superstar LeBron James, who is now debating where he will play next season.
Ayton said he wants "to be the best person on and off the court".
Between his outstanding physical profile and the 20.1 points per game he averaged on 61.2% shooting during his lone season with the Wildcats, it's easy to see why the Suns were enamored with Ayton.
Collegiate power Duke had four players picked with Bagley, Wendell Carter Jr at number seven with Chicago and Grayson Allen going 21st with Utah in the first round and Gary Trent Jr to Portland in the second round. He's the first Arizona player to go No. 1 in the draft; Mike Bibby was No. 2 in 1998 and Derrick Williams was No. 2 in 2011. Bagley and Ayton played together briefly at Hillcrest Prep Academy. It all comes down to the uncertain futures of LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard, two of the league's top-five players, as well as salary cap caution that continues to be the fallout of the disastrous summer of 2016, which saw many teams splash cash around in weird fashion. "We talked to Donovan Mitchell and he told us he got traded, so you have to prepare for that, but I'm excited and I'm happy to be here".
Born and raised in Nassau, Bahamas, Ayton began seriously pursing basketball at age 12 after attending the Jeff Rodgers Basketball Camp, the Bahamas' premier summer basketball program. "I think LeBron has more than earned the right to approach his contracts the way he does. So I just want to let the world know that".
"I don't think there will be any admission of being wrong in the letters to the editor in tomorrow's paper", Dzikas said. "But like he (James) says, experience is the best teacher, and we gave those guys a great experience over 30 games and into the playoffs and into the Finals, and what does that mean for us moving forward, I think it's all really positive". And then Collin, we got to get there with experience as well.