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Locked On Suns Wednesday: Talking all things draft with SB Nation’s Ricky O’Donnell

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Ricky was at the combine and has followed many of the 2018 draft prospects since high school, so we picked his brain on a variety of draft topics, including Ayton vs. Doncic as well as general draft philosophy.

On today’s episode, Ricky O’Donnell of SB Nation joins us to talk about what he learned at the combine, why he favors Luka Doncic (and Jaren Jackson Jr.) over Deandre Ayton, and how he looks at the draft more broadly as an analyst.

We start with a deep dive on Ayton, exploring how to build a successful team around someone so physically imposing and defensively challenged. Then we move on to what makes Doncic a more intriguing team basketball player and why his specific position might not matter.

Then, we talk about some of Ricky’s favorite options for the Suns at Nos. 16 and 31 based on his scouting and what he saw at the combine, including Robert Williams and Troy Brown.

We also explore some bigger picture questions, ranging from the decision to stay in school or go to the NBA for fringe first-rounders to how to juggle the way the NBA plays today versus how it will function in the future.

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