Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Phoenix Suns land the number one pick in the 2018 NBA Draft

Los Angeles Clippers (via Detroit Pistons): More market size shenanigans. A free agent this summer, if he elects to sign elsewhere, a top pick in this year's draft could give Cleveland a potential building block for a LeBron-less future.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the Lakers have worked out Nebraska forward Caleb Martin, Florida guard Jalen Hudson, Kansas center Udoka Azubuike, Baylor center Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. and Houston guard Rob Gray.

Could the "Young Bull" be headed to the "Big Apple?" Can the Knicks accelerate their rebuild with a little help from lady luck? I made a few mistakes in last week's episode about the Lottery, specifically with what the best case scenario could be. Sexton, 6-foot-3, 190 pounds, would better fill that role and could fit in nicely with the Knicks' other pieces. After all, the current franchise point guard, Dennis Smith Jr., went ninth overall previous year thanks to the bumbling New York Knicks. The Kings jumped up from the No. 7 slot to land the No. 2 pick. But he reiterates that the club is looking to take the best player available, regardless of position. Whether he's paired alongside James or potentially replacing him, Bridges' scoring prowess will certainly be coveted and his current Cleveland connection will likely only strengthen the link between him and the Cavs. The aggressive point guard has been compared to Irving by Alabama head coach Avery Johnson and would have the potential to form another title-winning tandem with James. This one's between Mo Bamba and Trae Young.

Where they'll pick: Cleveland has a 72.5 percent chance of getting the No. 8 pick and a 16.8 percent chance of getting the No. 9 pick.

The lottery has been around since 1985, was tweaked to a weighted system in 1990 and will be changing again next year in an effort to discourage teams from tanking. His shooting gradually improved to a career-high 49.3 percent in 2017-18.

"The main questions are how much of a defensive liability he'll be against explosive point guards, and whether he'll get his shot off as cleanly, both as a shooter and finisher at the rim".

Neil Herskowitz will be back at the NBA Draft Lottery representing the Dallas Mavericks again this year. Ben Simmons will presumably hit the lab as well.

The 76ers get the Lakers' pick if it lands at No. 1 or Nos.

If they were to get the top pick, they should just take whichever player they like most between Ayton and Doncic. Chance for top-three pick: 4.0 percent.

Meanwhile, the Mavs also have a 42.6 percent chance of finishing with one of the top three selections in the draft. Denver also has two second-round picks, acquired via trades with the Clippers and Warriors. Like the Grizzlies, they were hoping that their tanked season would give them a surefire superstar. Schroder expressed his interests in being traded this offseason and indicated he would like to play for either the Indiana Pacers or the Milwaukee Bucks.

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