Two weeks away from the 2018 NBA Draft, former Arizona Wildcats standout DeAndre Ayton is as confident as ever that he’ll be selected No. 1 by the Phoenix Suns. Although rumors show it’s true that Phoenix is likely to select Ayton first overall and he is what the Suns need—a young, dominant big—the 19-year-old center may be getting overconfident.
Ayton worked out for Phoenix on Wednesday and boasted confidently of where he’ll be selected in the draft.
“I know I’m going No. 1,” he told reporters at the Suns’ practice facility. “Nobody told me. That’s just me. I think I deserve that. I’ve worked hard.”
Suns players Devin Booker and Josh Jackson were on hand for the workout to scope out their potential new teammate, as well as team coaching staff, front office, and scouts. Ayton’s workout with Phoenix was the only he will experience prior to the draft.
Ayton had no fear of theorizing what the potential duo of he and Devin Booker could become if he were to go No. 1 overall.
“Shaq and Kobe 2-point-0,” Ayton fantasized. “We could really make something happen in Phoenix. We could really have a spark and start a winning legacy.”
Phoenix missed the playoffs eight years in a row and had the NBA’s worst record last season at 21-61, second-worst in franchise history. Winning may take a while, but adding Ayton to the young core of Booker and Jackson could be scary down the road.
The 7-foot-1, 250-pound center averaged 20.1 points, 11.6 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks per game in his lone season at Arizona.
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