Devin Booker’s Phoenix Suns were poised to be the second pick in this year’s NBA Draft, with a 19.9% chance to obtain the No. 1 overall pick. The Suns’ representative for the second consecutive year, Booker brought along his friend and Special Olympics athlete Noah Smith and his brother Brad. Noah gave Booker a good luck charm on stage before the lottery began.
— NBA Draft (@NBADraft) May 17, 2017
Unfortunately, it didn’t help the Suns who dropped two spots to No. 4 overall.
The Draft Order
1. Boston Celtics
2. Los Angeles Lakers
3. Philadelphia 76ers
4. Phoenix Suns
5. Sacramento Kings
6. Orlando Magic
7. Minnesota Timberwolves
8. New York Knicks
9. Dallas Mavericks
10. Sacramento Kings
11. Charlotte Hornets
12. Detroit Pistons
13. Denver Nuggets
14. Miami Heat
Booker wasn’t the only Wildcat getting airtime. De’Aaron Fox was front and center in the broadcast, sitting alongside Markelle Fultz. His former backcourt running-mate, Malik Monk, took the stage to brag about his point guard.
“He’s the fastest in his class. He thinks like that in the blink of an eye, making the right plays every time.” Monk also shared what part of his game might surprise people at the next level. “Playing the pick-and-roll,” Monk said. “I think I can do that amazing and I don’t think a lot of people have seen that.”
Jay Bilas believes Monk is the No. 7 overall prospect and that Fox is No. 5, but it’s hard to see Fox falling past Philadelphia at No. 3.
All of the other notable moments from the night came from Joel Embiid. His mind was racing until he realized they had a Top Three Pick.
— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) May 17, 2017
That wasn’t Embiid’s best expression.