Now that we know the NBA’s draft order, following Tuesday night’s lottery, it’s time to take a look at how the draft itself will shake out. Here is The Post’s first stab at doing so, as we project how the lottery portion of the first round (plus the Washington Wizards‘ pick) will play out next month in Brooklyn.
1. Phoenix Suns: Luka Doncic, SF, Real Madrid
This will likely either be Doncic or DeAndre Ayton, and people are leaning in Ayton’s direction, since he played college ball nearby. But with the way the NBA is going, wing players are a premium asset and Doncic — who is very familiar with new Suns coach Igor Kokoskov from their time together with the Slovenian national team — would be an ideal partner for Phoenix’s rising star Devin Booker.
2. Sacramento Kings: DeAndre Ayton, C, Arizona
If he’s on the board, Ayton should be an easy pick for Sacramento. He’d be a nice long-term pick-and-roll partner for De’Aaron Fox, the Kings’ point guard of the future, and has the chance to be a superstar, if he develops properly.
3. Atlanta Hawks: Marvin Bagley, PF/C, Duke
The next in a line of bigs to go off the board, Bagley is — at least as of now — the player at the top of this next grouping. The middle of this lottery is full of bigs, though, and the order they go off the board could easily shift around.
4. Memphis Grizzlies: Jaren Jackson, PF/C, Michigan State
One of the youngest players in the draft, Jackson is a high-upside play. For now we’ll leave him here because he’s a good fit with Marc Gasol, but it’s unclear if Memphis would go this direction or pursue someone who can help them win sooner.
5. Dallas Mavericks: Mo Bamba, C, Texas
“Rudy Gobert with a jump shot” is what fans of Bamba dream of him becoming. That happening, though, will require a lot of work, and there are questions about his motor. Still, Dallas needs a center, and if he works out, he could be a spectacular fit for what Rick Carlisle likes.
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6. Orlando Magic: Wendell Carter Jr., C, Duke
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Source:: The Denver Post – Sports