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Arizona Wildcats center De Andre Ayton

So three years ago, when they couldn't convince LaMarcus Aldridge to come to Phoenix, the Suns decided it was time to push the reset button. Important, given the No. 2 rated prospect in the draft, Luka Dončić, played for the Slovenian club the past two years. In December the Kings traveled to New Orleans and beat the Pelicans, completed the season sweep of the 76ers, and defeated the Cavaliers by 14. And long-time Mavs followers remember before that successful stretch fueled by Nowitzki and his enormous talents, the struggling Mavs missed the playoffs every season from the 1990-'91 campaign through the 1999-'00 season. That is a high bar to set for such a young man, but we will see if he can live up to that type of hype.

The Bulls also have a history of not keeping their second round picks. They've had success when it comes to drafting perimeter scorers. This offseason is a chance to change all of that, however. Elfrid Payton also has a qualifying offer over $4 million. They would have had to give the selection to the Boston Celtics had it fallen into slot 2 or 3 in the lottery as part of last summer's trade with Boston for the right to move up to draft Markelle Fultz at No. 1. Not only is he a dynamic scorer, but he know how to distribute the ball. And beyond Chandler and Brandan Knight, the rest of the assets on the roster are young and on movable contracts if needed.

No player has been more prominent in catching the eyes of late-lottery execs than 6-5 Texas Tech wing Zhaire Smith, who is NBA-ready on the defensive end, has tremendous athleticism and needs considerable work offensively.

Vegas odds suggest that 7-foot center Deandre Ayton may wind up playing the majority of his basketball career in the state of Arizona.

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The Sixers have made the first overall draft pick in the last two years. While the Wildcats ended up getting bounced by Buffalo in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, Ayton still scored highly with KenPom's player ratings (seventh in the site's player of the year metric) and was a highly efficient player overall. Ayton shot 61 percent from the field and 34 percent from behind the arc in his only year at Arizona.

The Hawks already have John Collins inserted at center. Suddenly, this a team that's built for competitive play within the next season. Booker, Warren, Jackson, Dragan Bender and Elfrid Payton all fall under that age mark and make for a compelling nucleus.

In an interview with ESPN's Cassidy Hubbarth, Ayton discussed the rise in worldwide acclaim for Bahamian basketball in recent years with the popularity of himself and Buddy Hield. This might be the most overhyped event in all of sports, a leaguewide party to arrange the order of teams most likely to fire their general managers or coaches first if they draft a bust next month.

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