The Suns finished with the 10th pick in the NBA Draft after Thursday night’s lottery, exactly where they were projected to finish. Despite smoothed odds giving them a higher chance at a top-four pick, the Suns will get No. 10 on draft day.
It was the NBA’s first-ever virtual draft lottery, and the Suns entered the proceedings with a 3 percent chance at the No. 1 overall pick. They were represented by general manager James Jones.
With the 10th pick, the Suns will be in line to take a top player like Killian Hayes or Obi Toppin. But the NBA Draft date is suddenly in flux after ESPN reported today that both the draft and free agency are likely to move back as the league negotiates a new CBA with its players.
The Suns will head into the offseason with cap space and the X pick, ready to move forward as a team many around the league now expect to make a playoff push after their 8-0 showing in the Bubble. As Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton begin their sixth and third seasons, respectively, the Suns are at an inflection point in the team-building process, making this year’s pick all the more fascinating.
Yet this draft class is considered to be quite peak, similar to the infamous 2013 class. There is not a projected order nor a consensus No. 1 pick. Fortunately, the Suns are no longer in a position where everything is riding on draft picks.