Suns win draft lottery, right to pick No. 1 next month


For the first time in franchise history, the Phoenix Suns were awarded the first overall pick in the NBA Draft, winning the 2018 NBA Draft Lottery held tonight in Chicago.

By way of the Los Angeles Lakers draft pick, which was acquired when Sam Hinkie dealt Michael Carter-Williams to the Bucks in a three-team deal with the Suns, the Sixers had the opportunity to either draft No. 1 (1.1% chance), or No.10 and higher (96.101%).

Phoenix rookie Josh Jackson, who represented the Suns in the NBA Draft Lottery, brings good fortune to the squad.

"This is a historic night for the Phoenix Suns", general manager Ryan McDonough said in a statement.

The draft will be held June 21 at Barclays Center in NY.

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The Memphis Grizzlies (55.8 percent at top three) and Dallas Mavericks (42.6 percent) were bounced from the top three with the drawing.

"I can't compare those two guys because I lived with Luka". In a twist, the Kings tied with the Chicago Bulls - which won a coin flip to pick sixth. The Cavs' pick originally belonged to the Brooklyn Nets - the key piece to last summer's Kyrie Irving trade with the Boston Celtics. The last time they had the 3 overall pick, they selected the great Al Horford, who has finally been getting the credit he deserves for being an incredible talent on both ends of the floor now that he's leading a depleted Celtic roster on an impressive playoff run.

There was also the draft lottery party in Talking Stick Resort Arena, and you better believe it was hype when the announcement came.

Now we wait until June 21, when the NBA Draft occurs!

This will be the past year the draft is held under the current framework, with the team with the worst record having a 25 percent chance of winning the lottery, and the odds going down from there - as well as the top three spots being determined by the drawing of ping-pong balls.

The Detroit Pistons didn't jump up from the 12th pick, either - meaning that their first-round selection went to the Los Angeles Clippers (also owners of the 13th pick) as part of the Blake Griffin trade earlier this season.