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NBA: Suns awarded first pick

NBA Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum, left, congratulates Phoenix Suns forward Josh Jackson after Tatum announced that the Suns had won the first pick for the NBA basketball draft, during the draft lottery. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

NBA Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum, left, congratulates Phoenix Suns forward Josh Jackson after Tatum announced that the Suns had won the first pick for the NBA basketball draft, during the draft lottery. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

By Rafael Bandayrel

The Phoenix Suns have officially secured the top pick in the NBA draft. The Sacramento Kings jumped up the board to get the number-two overall pick, while the Atlanta Hawks nabbed the third pick.

The Suns headed into the draw with a 25-percent chance of landing the number-one overall pick.

The climb of the Kings and Hawks was bad news for the Memphis Grizzlies and Dallas Mavericks, which both got bumped from projected top-three picks.

The Grizzlies will have the number four pick, while the Mavericks will pick fifth overall.

DeAndre Ayton, Marvin Bagley III, and Luka Doncic are all potential first overall picks, with Ayton looking like the favorite. Jaren Jackson and Mohamed Bamba are also seen as top prospects.

Here is the order of the first 14 picks of the NBA draft as determined by the lottery:

  1. Phoenix Suns
  2. Sacramento Kings
  3. Atlanta Hawks
  4. Memphis Grizzlies
  5. Dallas Mavericks
  6. Orlando Magic
  7. Chicago Bulls
  8. Cleveland Cavaliers (via Brooklyn Nets)
  9. New York Knicks
  10. Philadelphia 76ers (via L.A. Lakers)
  11. Charlotte Hornets
  12. L.A. Clippers (via Detroit Pistons)
  13. L.A. Clippers
  14. Denver Nuggets
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