Report: With second pick, Kings will take Ayton or Doncic, whichever Suns do not
For the first time in franchise history, the Phoenix Suns will have the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft.
The consensus top pick is Deandre Ayton out of Arizona, the incredibly skilled and athletic big man who fits the modern game. However, second on most lists is Serbian sensation Luka Doncic, and the Suns new head coach is Igor Kokoskov, the Serbian National Team coach, who has a long relationship with Doncic and knows the player well. Maybe they go with the player the coach knows best.
Whoever they pick, the Kings will take the other with the No. 2 pick, reports Michael Wallace of Grizzlies.com.
Hearing initially Kings gladly willing to take whoever Suns leave on the board after first pick (Luka or Ayton), with neither falling below second if picks are kept. The Hawks are the team that could flip the rest of the draft board upside down as the true wildcard at No. 3.— Michael Wallace (@MyMikeCheck) May 16, 2018
Most teams have those two in the top two slots on the board. Where this draft gets interesting is with the Hawks at three, teams are divided who they have there.
If this draft follows form, the Kings will end up with Doncic. He would fit well as a second playmaker playing the three, with D’Aaron Fox at the point and Bogdan Bogdanovic as a shooter/scorer at the two guard between them (Doncic and Bogdanovic would really be interchangeable wings at the two/three). If Skal Labissiere can develop into the four the Kings’ hope and Willie Cauley-Stein finds his footing at the five, Sacramento may have the makings of something.