NBA draft lottery: Reaction around the league, and what’s next

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The 2018 NBA draft lottery order is set. The math played out in the Phoenix Suns ‘ favor, as they won the No. 1 pick after having the best odds. The rest of the top three was full of surprises, however, as the Sacramento Kings and Atlanta jumped into the No. 2 and No. 3 slots, respectively, leapfrogging the Memphis Grizzlies and Dallas Mavericks.

Here’s everything you need to know.


The draft order

Who is your team most likely to take? ESPN draft expert Jonathan Givony projects both rounds before the lottery results.Insider

Get a full breakdown of each projected lottery prospects’ strengths, weaknesses, draft ranges, physical comps and more.Insider

Reaction around the league

Regarding the draft, Scott Perry says on ESPN Radio that it’s ‘no secret’ that the Knicks want to get more athletic and would benefit from a wing. But he reiterates that the club is looking to take the best player available, regardless of position. The GM says New York is ‘in talent acquisition mode.’ “We’ve got to get the highest level of talent that we can get on our roster and we’ll figure out all of the positions once they get in there,” he said on Alan Hahn’s “Hahn Solo” radio show on ESPN 98.7 FM.

Ian Begley, ESPN Staff Writer13h ago

The draft picks at stake

  • The 76ers got the Lakers’ pick at No. 10. Now Boston gets the better 2019 first-rounder between Sacramento and Philly, protected for No. 1. (If either pick lands at No. 1, it goes to the Sixers and the Celtics get the worse pick.)

  • The Clippers received the Pistons’ pick at No. 12, meaning that draft obligiation from the Blake Griffin trade is complete.

In a class dominated by big men, it’s the 6-foot-2 Oklahoma guard who has emerged as the rookie most likely to land a big sneaker endorsement.

“There’s a magic to certain players. There’s an ‘it factor’ that’s hard to quantify, and I believe he has that,” said Omar Wilkes, one of the Octagon agents representing Young. “He’s able to have that with his combination of passing, shooting, ball handling and charisma. There’s an effortless ease about him when he’s on the court.”

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  • The case for Memphis: Fit with Mike Conley + win-now timeline

  • The case for Phoenix: Relationship with new coach Igor Kokoskov + offensive fit with Devin Booker

  • The case for Dallas: Rick Carlisle’s system + veteran role players

  • The case for Atlanta: Fit with Taurean Prince + John Collins

The NBA draft combine begins on Wednesday, with most of the top prospects planning to attend. Here’s who made the cut, who didn’t and what it means.

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