The Denver Nuggets have selected Missouri Forward Michael Porter Jr. with the 14th pick in the NBA Draft.
Porter was once considered the presumptive Number 1 overall pick before the season, but his draft stock fell due to injury concerns about his back.
He only played 53 minutes in a Missouri uniform, with one game in the SEC tournament and the NCAA tournament.
DeAndre Ayton is the latest key component to the Phoenix Suns’ rebuilding process.
The Suns have made the University of Arizona center the first player taken in tonight’s NBA draft. Ayton averaged 20.1 points and 11.6 rebounds in his lone season in Tucson, tying for the national lead with 24 double-doubles in 35 games.
Ayton joins Michael Thompson as the only players from the Bahamas to be the No. 1 pick in the draft.
The Kings followed by taking Duke’s Marvin Bagley III at No. 2. The 6-foot-11 forward was the AP’s player of the year after averaging 21 points and 11.1 rebounds while shooting better than 60 percent for the Blue Devils last season.
Luka Doncic of Slovenia went third to the Hawks. Doncic won Euroleague MVP and Final Four MVP honors while helping Spain’s Real Madrid win its league championship.
The Memphis Grizzlies used the No. 4 pick to select forward Jaren Jackson Jr. of Michigan State. Jackson is a one-and-done power forward who averaged 10.9 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 3 blocks per game.
Oklahoma shooting sensation Trae Young was taken fifth overall by the Mavericks. The Magic picked up Texas center Mohammed Bamba with the No. 6 choice. Another Duke player went with the No. 7 choice as the Bulls took Wendell Carter Jr. Alabama’s Collin Sexton is a Cleveland Cavaliers after being selected with the eighth choice.