Draft is next up during NBA's dizzying days of deals

For months, the talk surrounding the Phoenix Suns and the NBA Draft was either about the point guard position or Josh Jackson.

Fultz, Simmons and another recent Sixers high draft pick, big man Joel Embiid, form a promising young trio that could allow Philadelphia to rise from the bottom of the league. He's already learned about life at the trade deadline.

Kansas' Josh Jackson and Duke's Jayson Tatum are one-and-done small forwards with size and athleticism, and they're nearly certain to go in the top five overall picks. "Thursday night will see us take another significant step toward building a successful and sustainable basketball program".

Jackson simply doesn't have the freakish length - a 6-foot-10 wingspan- power or elite quickness to really lock up someone like Bridges right now, and that could be a concern if he's expected to play small forward immediately for the Suns.

Teams seem to have one eye on the draft and future stars like Fultz and Lonzo Ball, while the other is firmly focused on jockeying for proven veterans.

"It just shows you what the National Basketball Association is about".

CONCERNS: The glaring problem came at the line, where he made just 57 percent of his free throws - leaving a lot of points on the board considering he got to the line about five times a game.

As far as the specific things that may make him the top prospect in the draft, Jackson said: "I think my versatility, just my competitive spirit". If Korkmaz is in the fold, I count 13 likely roster players before the Sixers have to make a decision on Gerald Henderson's team option sometime in the next week.

Jimmy Butler and Tom Thibodeau hope to rekindle their past. "I think it'll be really special". With teams nitpicking Malik Monk's size and defensive potential, the Kentucky guard could slide into the double-digit selections. "I know they are a pretty young team". "I believe I fill in every box on both ends of the floor".

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After winning the top seed in the East and reaching the conference finals, the Celtics won the lottery and sat atop the draft, on the clock with their pick of the litter.

The Lakers used their third straight No. 2 pick on Ball, who averaged 14.6 points and led the nation with 7.6 assists in his only season at UCLA.

"It would mean a lot to play for my hometown and learn from the best point guard ever", Ball said.

It's probably the biggest reason they have been high on Tatum throughout the draft process and brought him in for a private workout late last week.

"It's a very loaded class and I feel like especially whichever guys go at the top four, five, there may not be that much separation between (them) because everybody's just so talented", Tatum said. Majority - 36 of the 65 - produced fewer first-round picks in that span than DeMatha.

Boston, meanwhile, could potentially own the draft rights to seven first-round selections over the next three seasons. The Sacramento Kings have two top-10 picks, while National Basketball Association champion Golden State and runner-up Cleveland have none in the first round. I felt like the type of player that I am, I could fit anywhere.

That's a great pick for them and another good piece to go alongside Booker, Marquese Chriss and Dragan Bender in the rebuild.

"I want to improve on all aspects of my game", he said. He hasn't had the players to win, and many on the roster have seen an very bad lot of losing.

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