Joel Embiid Rejects Comparisons to Deandre Ayton

Virginia Santiago
June 24, 2018

Phoenix Suns' Deandre Ayton answers a question at a news conference as the team introduces its new players after the NBA basketball draft Friday, June 22, 2018, in Phoenix.

For Ayton, the expectations that accompany the first pick were evident.

It likely will take several years to determine who really made the right moves in Thursday's 2018 NBA Draft.

BOISE, ID - MARCH 15: Deandre Ayton #13 of the Arizona Wildcats dunks the ball in the first half against the Buffalo Bulls during the first round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Taco Bell Arena on March 15, 2018 in Boise, Idaho. The Suns just went out and got the best possible big man to complement that skill set.

The Dallas Mavericks has been looking for someone to replace their aging superstar Dirk Nowitzki.

Luka Doncic of Slovenia then went third to the Atlanta Hawks.

The Mavericks also gave up a future first-round pick to draft Doncic, who only arrived in NY on Wednesday after helping Spain's Real Madrid win its league championship after he won Euroleague MVP and Final Four MVP honors when they won that title this year.

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James led the Cavs to their fourth straight NBA Finals this season, carrying a team that endured injuries and a roster overhaul at the trading deadline.

"It means a lot to me because the fans there are fantastic, they are the best fans in the world, and you know, I really want to".

I know what you're thinking: they do this every year.

The drafts sees teams select the best young college players and eligible worldwide talent. I see you need some pieces. "Going through the process of going to the U of A and the fans support me, it was just phenomenal".

During the Phoenix Suns' draft party on Thursday night, fans had the chance to preorder Ayton's jersey.

Only a year ago we saw a Chicago-Minnesota Jimmy Butler blockbuster before the draft even started, as well as Philadelphia moving up to No. 1 in a surprising deal with Boston, former No. 2 pick D'Angelo Russell moving and a Dwight Howard trade (OK, we got one of those this year too earlier this week, but nobody was excited).

The night got underway rather quickly for the Duke Blue Devils as Marvin Bagley III was drafted with the No. 2 overall pick by the Sacramento Kings.

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Ayton says he wants to "start my own thing", adding, "I want to be dominant in my own brand, and I want to have my own signature one day to make it global".

Doncic couldn't join DeAndre Ayton, Marvin Bagley III and the other headliners in NY on Wednesday because he was en route from Spain after finishing off his dream season by helping Real Madrid win its ACB league championship on Tuesday. But they ended up disappointed as NY went with Kentucky's Kevin Knox.

Even on National Basketball Association draft night, some people in Philadelphia are already thinking about free agency and the pursuit of LeBron James.

"It's like I've known him my whole life", Bridges said. "They can chant Michael Porter all they want".

"(I grew) up around that brand, I'm used to that brand", Ayton said.

If Porter Jr.is a "loser" for slipping to No. 14, then we can simultaneously consider the Denver Nuggets winners.

The Phoenix Suns traded with the 76ers to get Villanova's Mikal Bridges in the first round.

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