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First-round 2018 NBA mock draft

Yardbarker Logo By Seth Trachtman of Yardbarker | Slide 1 of 30: The Suns are in a position to take the best player available, pairing him with young star Devin Booker. There is debate about the best player in the draft between Ayton and Slovenian Luka Doncic, but Ayton would seem to be the safer pick. Plus, in NBA history teams have usually opted for the big man first. Ayton won Pac-12 Player of the Year after averaging 20.1 points and 11.6 rebounds while shooting over 61 percent from the field in his lone college season.

1. Phoenix Suns: DeAndre Ayton, C, Arizona

The Suns are in a position to take the best player available, pairing him with young star Devin Booker. There is debate about the best player in the draft between Ayton and Slovenian Luka Doncic, but Ayton would seem to be the safer pick. Plus, in NBA history teams have usually opted for the big man first. Ayton won Pac-12 Player of the Year after averaging 20.1 points and 11.6 rebounds while shooting over 61 percent from the field in his lone college season.

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