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.
Get a full breakdown of each projected lottery prospects’ strengths, weaknesses, draft ranges, physical comps and more.
Reaction around the league
Why I love the lottery, Part 8607.
Me to Josh Jackson: “Did you bring any lucky charms.”
Josh: “I’m wearing my lucky underwear.”
Me: “Should I even ask the follow up?”
Josh: “Probably not.”
– Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) May 15, 2018
Well @cavs fans, we have a busy evening ahead.First, the #BowtieisBack. Nick G. will rep us in CHI for tonight’s @NBA lottery on @ESPN at 8pm EDT. Can he defy the odds again? This year’s bow tie is made of wood taken from the 2016 Championship floor. See below.What’s not to like? pic.twitter.com/ZUfimjouIc
– Dan Gilbert (@cavsdan) May 15, 2018
Presenting the On-Stage and Lottery Room participants for the 2018 #NBADraftLottery!
��: 7:30pm/et Tuesday ESPN pic.twitter.com/HEpWQKOxzf
– NBA Draft (@NBADraft) May 14, 2018
– Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) May 15, 2018
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.
– Josh Robbins (@JoshuaBRobbins) May 15, 2018
– Devin Booker (@DevinBook) May 9, 2018
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.”
Luka Doncic is maybe the most accomplished Euro prospect ever and the most proven player in this draft class. But he still needs the right pieces around him to succeed. Which teams will help him reach his star potential?
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.