Who should the Phoenix Suns take with the No. 1 overall pick: Luka Doncic or DeAndre Ayton?
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Who should the Phoenix Suns take with the No. 1 overall pick: Luka Doncic or DeAndre Ayton?

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The Phoenix Suns officially have the No. 1 overall draft pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. Many experts believe Luka Doncic, a European prospect, is the best player in the draft this year. The Suns would instantly improve with his shooting touch and ability to handle the ball. However, DeAndre Ayton would provide an imposing presence on the inside with elite athleticism. Who should the Suns take? 🏀

THE VOTES ARE IN!
#TeamDoncic
42.4%
#TeamAyton
57.6%

Here is Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated with his scouting report on Luke Doncic:

A prodigious playmaker and basketball savant, Doncic will be the most accomplished player in the draft bar none. He enters with an unprecedented résumé for a 19-year-old, enjoying real success in the Euroleague and ACB and helping Slovenia to last summer’s Eurobasket title. Doncic is comfortable with the ball in his hands, makes his teammates better as a passer and reads the floor beyond his years. He didn’t shoot the ball well from outside this season, but his stroke is projectable enough. He will face an adjustment to the speed of NBA defenses, and it’s yet to be seen if his lack of elite explosiveness and burst will make things more difficult at the NBA level—it’s possible that limits his ceiling, but he should have plenty to offer regardless. As an oversized lead ballhandler, Doncic appears up to task to eventually become the engine of a spacing-oriented attack.

Here is Jeremy Woo again as he breaks down DeAndre Ayton for Sports Illustrated:

Elite physical tools, soft touch at the rim and a promising jump shot make Ayton the likely top pick. His sheer size and strength presents a matchup problem for most any defender, and he may be the most athletic 7-foot prospect to come along this decade. Ayton checks essentially every offensive box for his position: he has soft touch, can face up or play with his back to the basket, his midrange shot projects nicely to the perimeter, and he’s also a sound passer out of double-teams. While Ayton struggled defensively this season, he was frequently asked to defend forwards in Arizona’s scheme, surrendering some of his physical advantage and hampering his opportunity to consistently improve as a team defender. He did make progress, and with his nimble feet and long frame, he has the ability to be an above-average presence protecting the basket. Bottom line, it’s extremely rare to find a 7-footer with his array of gifts.
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