Monday, 15 Jul 2024

NBA 2018 Draft Lottery Order Revealed: The Basketball Movement

The NBA draft lottery is always an exciting event, as it determines the order in which teams will select their future stars. In this year’s draft, the Phoenix Suns have secured the coveted first pick, but who will they choose? Let’s take a closer look at the lottery results and the top prospects in the upcoming draft.

A Surprising Outcome

The lottery system determines the first 14 picks, and the Phoenix Suns had about a 25 percent chance of securing the top spot. Luck was on their side, and they emerged as the rightful holders of the first pick. However, there were a few surprises in the order of the remaining teams.

Statistically, the Memphis Grizzlies had a strong chance of landing the second or third pick, but it was the Sacramento Kings who lucked into the second spot. The Atlanta Hawks also had a stroke of luck, moving up to the third pick.

Both Memphis and Dallas were bumped down further than expected, but they still have the privilege of selecting within the top 5. Here is the draft order:

  1. Phoenix Suns
  2. Sacramento Kings
  3. Atlanta Hawks
  4. Memphis Grizzlies
  5. Dallas Mavericks
  6. Orlando Magic
  7. Chicago Bulls
  8. Cleveland Cavaliers (via Brooklyn Nets)
  9. New York Knicks
  10. Philadelphia 76ers (via L.A. Lakers)
  11. Charlotte Hornets
  12. L.A. Clippers (via Detroit Pistons)
  13. L.A. Clippers
  14. Denver Nuggets
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Top Prospects to Watch

This year’s draft class is highly anticipated and will have big shoes to fill following the outstanding rookie display last year. The Phoenix Suns, who hold the top pick, are expected to address their need for a reliable big man by selecting Deandre Ayton from Arizona. However, their recent hiring of head coach Igor Kokoskov, who coached Luka Doncic for the Slovenian national team, has sparked speculation that they may choose the European standout instead.

The comparison between Ayton’s size and skill and Doncic’s savvy and athleticism will be fascinating to watch in this draft. The Sacramento Kings will likely benefit from whichever player the Suns leave on the board.

The remaining teams also have plenty of potential options. Duke’s Marvin Bagley, Texas’ Mo Bamba, and OU’s Trae Young are just a few of the exciting prospects available.

The NBA draft is scheduled for June 21st, and The Basketball Movement will continue to provide updates and analysis on the draft and its prospects. Stay tuned for the latest developments as we approach this exciting event.

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