The Suns selected Deandre Ayton with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 Draft.

In one day, the Phoenix Suns will begin their NBA Summer League journey in a prime time showdown with the Dallas Mavericks (9:30 ET, ESPN). Their hopes for a better finish than last season’s 21-61 mark will eventually rest on the shoulders of Deandre Ayton, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 Draft.
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However, the start of 2018-19 is still months away and for Ayton, he is looking to get used to the speed, physicality and demands of NBA life. Yesterday, Ayton and the Suns went through a minicamp as they continue to prepare for NBA Summer League and for Ayton, there have been some eye-opening moments already.

Additionally, Ayton is already praising new Suns coach Igor Kokoskov and his techniques, which include yoga basketball warmups. Kokoskov is equally impressed by Ayton and says you can forget about him playing one position on the court:

He’ll never be a power forward in this league, Kokoskov said. He’s going to be one of Len Dawson Jersey the most dominant centers in this league, and that’s how we’re going to build him.

Deandre Ayton is ready to deliver on the promise that made him the No. 1 pick.

He led the league in scoring, 3-pointers and 50-point games with four while helping the Rockets to an NBA-leading 65 wins.

The last four years have been like knocking on the door, knocking on the door. Now the moment is finally here, Harden said backstage. Just every single year you try to come back and be better than you were the year before, and just to be holding that trophy finally, it means a lot.

James didn’t attend the show in Barker Hangar at the Santa Monica Airport amid frenzied speculation about his future. He has until Friday to tell the Cavaliers if he will pick up his $35.6 million option for next season or opt for free agency.

Harden, who is from Los Angeles, led his mother on stage before he accepted the trophy from Commissioner Adam Silver.

I’m not going to get emotional, he said from behind dark sunglasses. She’s my backbone in good times and bad times.

Harden received a total of 965 points and 86 first-place votes. James finished second with 738 points and 15 first-place votes, while Davis was Christine Michael Sr Youth Jersey third with 445 points and no first-place votes.