Phoenix draws No. 1 pick in National Basketball Association draft lottery

The Suns landed No. 1 in the 2018 NBA Draft Lottery and maybe they have Josh Jackson to credit for their good fortune as the rookie said he wore his lucky underwear. On Tuesday, the lottery results were Phoenix at No. 1, followed by Sacramento, Atlanta, Memphis, Dallas, Orlando, Chicago, Cleveland, New York, Philadelphia, Charlotte, LA Clippers, again the Clippers and Denver.

He was referring to 9-year-old Jazmyne Weber, a Suns fan who battles spina bifida. If Ayton is drafted by the Suns, he would become the first player in UA program history to be a first overall selection.

The consensus top pick in the draft right now is Arizona freshman DeAndre Ayton. The Bucks took Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Since 1966, 10 first overall picks have become NBA MVP award winners and 14 are Hall of Famers, not counting several more who are certain to be inducted once eligible. Can new head coach Igor Kokoskov and the No. 1 overall pick help propel them into competitiveness next season?

This year's worst team - the Suns - had a 25-percent chance of landing the No. 1 pick, while the team with the worst record next year has a 14-percent chance.

"I've told this story before", Celtics coach Brad Stevens said before Tuesday night's game against the Cavaliers.

Of course, not every team was as lucky as Phoenix. Her bright, positive attitude is infectious and a source of inspiration for her family. The Bulls have not selected and kept two players in the first round since 2011, when they left that draft with Nikola Mirotic and Jimmy Butler. 12 and 13 with the Detroit Pistons' pick (No. 12) falling outside the top four. The plan, McDonough said, is to add some veterans to mold what will be a young core led by the likes of Devin Booker, Jackson and potentially whoever the No. 1 pick is next month.

The draft is June 21 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

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