The Suns just went out and got the best possible big man to complement that skill set.
After the Suns selected the 19-year-old Arizona product first overall during Thursday's National Basketball Association draft, the 76ers' top selection in 2014 took to Twitter, shooting down talk the players had similar skills.
On and off the court. "I'm really happy to be a part of the Phoenix Suns now because we can really start a winning legacy with Devin Booker and Josh Jackson and all those other guys", Ayton told ESPN. He's a solid shooter from beyond 10-feet, has great scoring ability down low and athleticism that should help him to adapt quickly. Bagley and Ayton played together briefly at Hillcrest Prep Academy.
The choice came as no surprise to analysts who called it "the worst-kept secret" this year, to the characteristically boisterous crowd at Barclays Center - or to Ayton, who said after his only workout with the Suns, "I know I'm going No. 1". "Having all that confidence leading up to that point when I saw [NBA commissioner] Adam Silver come out, I was just waiting for my name".
Newly hired Suns coach Igor Kokoškov will have some good pieces in his first season in Phoenix, and will rely on Sean Miller a bit too, in how to coach Ayton.
Dealing Powell likely becomes more hard once his contract extension kicks in on July 1, so Toronto is likely hoping for business to pick back up NBA-wide.
"(I grew) up around that brand, I'm used to that brand", Ayton said. His pride for Arizona and his pride for his birthplace in the Bahamas connects with fans, Rowley believes.
"It felt like I knew him for years, and it's insane". Rowley said the team has other plans to boost fan attendance, such as season ticket packages or college student ticket deals.
"I embrace it a lot. This is the kind of runway you'd really like to have".Читайте также: Egypt becomes first country to be eliminated, Russian Federation qualifies for next round
Depending on who you ask, it was an up-and-down night for the Suns. "Again, that kind of resonates with people".
"We think and hope we'll add some veterans that will take us from 21 wins to whatever next year", McDonough said. "He was always the front-runner by the end of last week".
"We're very hungry", Ayton said. "We put him through the ringer to push him". We are going to steer away from any of those comparisons.
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"We're young, but we're very hungry".
"It means a lot to me because the fans there are fantastic, they are the best fans in the world", he said. We can run all day.
It also represented the first No 1 pick made by the Suns in franchise history and the first No 1 pick from the University of Arizona.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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