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NBA Draft Lottery: Suns Emerge with Top Pick

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A lottery without the Wolves is pretty strange. But it happened, and the first pick goes to Phoenix.

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The Phoenix Suns won the draft lottery tonight and will pick first in next month’s NBA draft. The Sacramento Kings jumped to the second spot after years of lottery frustration, and the Atlanta Hawks will draft third. The Seventy-Sixers keep the Lakers pick which slotted in at 10th, and the Cavs get the Nets pick at 8th. It was a little odd being on the sidelines for this one, as for the first time in a while, the Wolves were not in the lottery, but a good kind of odd.

Complete First Round Draft Order

1. Phoenix Suns
2. Sacramento Kings
3. Atlanta Hawks
4. Memphis Grizzlies
5. Dallas Mavericks
6. Orlando Magic
7. Chicago Bulls
8. Cleveland Cavaliers (from Nets)
9. New York Knicks
10. Philadelphia Seventy-Sixers (from Lakers)
11. Charlotte Hornets
12. Los Angeles Clippers (from Pistons)
13. Los Angeles Clippers
14. Denver Nuggets
15. Washington Wizards
16. Phoenix Suns (from Heat)
17. Milwaukee Bucks
18. San Antonio Spurs
19. Atlanta Hawks (from Wolves)
20. Minnesota Timberwolves (from Thunder)
21. Utah Jazz
22. Chicago Bulls (from Pelicans)
23. Indiana Pacers
24. Portland Trail Blazers
25. Los Angeles Lakers (from Cavaliers)
26. Philadelphia Seventy-Sixers
27. Boston Celtics
28. Golden State Warriors
29. Brooklyn Nets (from Raptors)
30. Atlanta Hawks (from Rockets)\

What do you think? How do you see it playing out?

The combine starts tomorrow in Chicago, so we’ll be hearing a ton about potential draft picks over the next few days.