The SEC also tied its own mark with four lottery picks for the second time in four years for the league. Sixteen of the 30 first round picks played only their freshman year, including 10 of the first 11 draftees.
However, was the lure of another first-round pick so tempting that the Hawks were willing to give up a 6-foot-8 point guard with proven MVP credentials and maturity at just 19 years of age?
The Dallas Mavericks has been looking for someone to replace their aging superstar Dirk Nowitzki. The Suns surely did not disappoint most of the experts as they did nab Ayton with the no. 1 overall pick.
The Atlanta Hawks swapped the rights to Doncic, the No. 3 pick who has spent the a year ago winning championships all over Europe, to Atlanta for Trae Young, the No. 5 selection from Oklahoma.
"I'm excited. It's a business and you've got a lot of talent going down there", Bridges said.
Then it's Sacramento, Atlanta, Memphis and Dallas, and any of them could consider a player who's only 19 but has been playing against some of the toughest competition outside the National Basketball Association for years.
"He was first on our board coming into the workout", McDonough said, "and then he blew us away in the workout, which I think you guys probably gathered from my tone".
Dzikas said that whoever drafts Huerter would learn that he is much more than a one-dimensional player. "As if Sexton was supposed to say, 'LeBron please stay, I promise I'll know the score during the final seconds of a playoff game". He's big and strong and has the tools to become a dominant offensive big man.
However, Deandre Ayton's sponsored tweet for Black Ops 4 most likely was not what his agent or Call of Duty had in mind at first. The Suns then drafted Elie Okobo, a quick and scoring-minded point guard from Bordeaux, France and rounded out their draft by selecting George King, a lengthy guard out of Colorado. Ayton worked out for the Suns and followed it up by saying he knew he was the No. 1 overall pick. If the Boston Celtics can tap into any of Williams' potential as a rim-running, athletic big man, they may have found a gem to pair with their shifty point guards at No. 27.
The Knicks resisted the temptation to snag Porter Jr.at No. 9 and took Kevin Knox - a versatile wing out of Kentucky who's still developing.
"This is the part of my life I have to get used to, and I'm ready", he said. Porter Jr.is only guaranteed $2.4 million.
With the hopes of making up from the awful trade they a made a year ago, the Denver Nuggets took a chance on drafting Missouri forward Michael Porter Jr. The steep price paid by Chicago to pick up a non-lottery selection from New Orleans (22nd overall) back in February also might have scared off potential opportunists. But more than a half-hour after he was traded, and while he was doing media wearing a Sixers hat, Philadelphia traded him to Phoenix for Zhaire Smith, the 16th pick, and an unprotected first-round pick from the Miami Heat in 2021.