Suns take DeAndre Ayton at No. 1 in National Basketball Association draft

Kristopher Nichols
June 22, 2018

NBA Draft Prospect, DeAndre Ayton poses for portraits during media availability and circuit as part of the 2018 NBA Draft on June 20, 2018 at the Grand Hyatt New York in New York City.

With the 2018 NBA Draft just hours away, it appears the first two picks already are claimed.

It's history for Ayton, and history for his homeland as well.

He joined Mychal Thompson - father of Golden State All-Star Klay Thompson - in 1978 as the only players from the Bahamas to be the No. 1 pick in the National Basketball Association draft. He's the ninth consecutive one-and-done player to be taken No. 1 overall.

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The Sacramento Kings followed by taking Bagley, the Duke big man who played with Ayton at Hillcrest Prep Academy in Phoenix in 2015-16.

The run on big men stalled temporarily when the Atlanta Hawks and Dallas Mavericks agreed to swap picks, with Dallas getting 6-foot-8 worldwide star Luka Doncic at No. 3 in exchange for high-scoring Oklahoma point guard Trae Young, selected fifth, and the Mavericks' 2019 first-round pick.

Free stream: CBS Sports HQ will bring you live coverage throughout the NBA Draft with up-to-the-minute pick-by-pick analysis, on-site reporting and draftee interviews. After that, the top of the draft could go many different ways.

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