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Suns may target Luka Doncic with No. 1 pick

The Phoenix Suns will be picking first in this year’s NBA Draft, and an early favorite has already emerged for who they might take with it.

The Suns, who finished with the worst record in the NBA this season at 21-61 and therefore had the best lottery odds, won Tuesday’s NBA Draft Lottery and earned the No. 1 overall pick. The news promptly led to buzz that they might target 19-year-old European star Luka Doncic, especially since he was coached on the Slovenian national team by new Suns head coach Igor Kokoskov.

While Doncic is a wildly intriguing prospect with his combination of size, scoring, playmaking, and vast experience playing against the best teams in Europe, the Suns also have a major need at center, where Deandre Ayton (a University of Arizona product) plays. Regardless, Doncic has been getting top pick hype for months now, so it’s hard to see Phoenix going wrong either way.

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