By Thomas Jeffrey
It is official. The Phoenix Suns won the NBA Draft Lottery, and will have the first pick of the night on June 21 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. After going an abysmal 21-61, Phoenix has to get this right. The days of Steve Nash are long gone, and the franchise desperately needs to be revamped. The right pick will do just that, and despite the talent in this year’s draft, it is pretty clear who Phoenix needs to take. If Phoenix does indeed make this right pick, they will create a dominant duo reminiscent of Shaq and Kobe.
Deandre Ayton is the player that the Suns need. The center from Arizona is athletic, versatile, and skilled. He is the type of player that can immediately elevate a team’s talent. Just imagine him combined with Phoenix’s young star Devin Booker. Read Full Article Here!
By Dastan Haghnazari
For the definition of young, we’ll be examining players aged 22 years and younger. Some are rookies, but others have been in the league for a few years; however, all these players share one thing in common. Bright futures.
15 Lauri Markkanen – CHI 20 y/o
Markkanen is Chicago’s seven-footer, but his strengths lay in his wide-range of shooting capabilities and his average of almost 8 rebounds per game. Draft Express described Markkanen in his draft profile saying, “A fluid, coordinated athlete who… has a nice mix of tools to complement his advanced skill set his on the offensive end.” He, the third leading scorer on his team, currently maintaining an average of 14.9 ppg. Shooting an average of 42.3% from the field and 34.7% from three. With further development of Chicago’s young talent, the Bulls with Markkanen can expect success a couple of years down the road. Read Full Article Here!