PHOENIX SUNS

Bucks lose drawing; Suns won’t get No. 17 overall pick in NBA Draft

Apr 13, 2018, 2:51 PM | Updated: 3:50 pm
Phoenix Suns general manager Ryan McDonough does an interview with The Doug & Wolf Show on 98.7...
Phoenix Suns general manager Ryan McDonough does an interview with The Doug & Wolf Show on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station on Friday, Feb. 16, 2018. (Matt Layman/Arizona Sports)
(Matt Layman/Arizona Sports)

It’s been almost 50 years, and the Phoenix Suns still can’t best the Milwaukee Bucks in a random drawing.

In 1969, the Bucks won the coin toss and the rights to draft Lew Alcindor, who would later change his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and become the leading scorer in NBA history.

On Friday, a random drawing determined the Bucks would be picking No. 17 overall.

That pick, part of the Eric Bledsoe trade, was protected between picks 1-10 and 17-30. If it fell between 11-16, the Suns would receive it.

Instead, the pick will stay in Milwaukee. It will now convey to the Suns in 2019, protected in the top-3 and from No. 17-30.

If the pick fails to fall within those parameters, it will become top-7 protected in 2020.

Finally, if the Bucks manage to hold onto it for a third year in a row, the Suns will receive it unconditionally in 2021.

At season’s end, the Bucks and Miami Heat were tied with a 44-38 record. The league conducted the drawing to decide which pick would be No. 16 and which would be No. 17.

Phoenix owns the Miami pick from the Goran Dragic trade in 2015.

With Miami winning the drawing, this pick will convey to the Suns at No. 16. Phoenix will now have two draft picks: No. 16, and somewhere within the top-4, depending on their placement in the NBA Draft Lottery on May 15.

They have a 25 percent chance to receive the No. 1 pick overall, the best odds in the league.

Suns general manager Ryan McDonough has implied he would be open to making trades to shorten the timeline. During the exit interviews, he talked about his desire to bring in veterans.

“We won’t be as young, we won’t have nearly as many young players as we did this year,” he said. “We’ll have more experience, we’ll have more veterans.”

However, there have been a handful of players selected in the middle of the first round in recent years that have found success in the NBA.

In 2013, Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Bucks was picked No. 15 and Dennis Schroeder of the Hawks at No. 17.

The next year, Jusuf Nurkic went No. 16 and Gary Harris at No. 19. Both were traded to the Nuggets.

Devin Booker was selected at No. 13 overall in 2015, and Terry Rozier, a rising player with the Celtics, picked No. 16.

In fact, one of this year’s Rookie of the Year candidates was picked in the late lottery – Donovan Mitchell fell to the Jazz at No. 13.

Without the Bucks’ draft pick, it may be more difficult for the Suns to find a trade or rookie that will fit into their plans. However, this pick – now part of the 2019 draft – can still be used in a trade.

The Suns have several routes they can explore. They now have the clarity to make moves toward action.

Here are their picks in the upcoming draft:

1. Phoenix Suns – Odds of No. 1: 25 percent. Odds of No. 2: 21.5 percent. Odds of No. 3: 17.7 percent. Odds of No. 4: 35.8 percent.

16. Phoenix Suns (via Miami Heat)

31. Phoenix Suns

59. Phoenix Suns (via Toronto Raptors)

Penguin Air

Phoenix Suns

Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) defends against Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) during ...
Kevin Zimmerman

Atop Kevin Durant wish list, it’s complicated for the Suns and Heat

No matter what the Phoenix Suns can offer for Kevin Durant, it'll be a complex trade to actually pull off a trade with the Brooklyn Nets.
12 hours ago
Phoenix Suns guard Aaron Holiday (4) drives between Sacramento Kings center Neemias Queta, guard Da...
Arizona Sports

Report: Former Suns G Aaron Holiday agrees to 1-year deal with Hawks

Former Phoenix Suns backup guard Aaron Holiday reportedly agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Atlanta Hawks on Friday.
12 hours ago
Kevin Durant #7 of the Brooklyn Nets drives to the basket as Chris Paul #3 of the Phoenix Suns defe...
Arizona Sports

Kevin Durant’s handful of connections to Phoenix Suns

When news broke on Thursday afternoon that Kevin Durant reportedly requested a trade, the Phoenix Suns made sense for a number of reasons.
12 hours ago
Devin Booker #1 of the Phoenix Suns warms up before a game against the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Ho...
Kellan Olson

Devin Booker’s latest commitment to Phoenix Suns further cements legacy

Phoenix Suns shooting guard Devin Booker continues to commit to the city and is on his way to becoming the top player in franchise history.
2 days ago
JaVale McGee #00 of the Phoenix Suns takes a free-throw shot during the second half of Game Two of ...
Kellan Olson

Former Suns C JaVale McGee reportedly agrees to deal with Mavericks

Former Phoenix Suns center JaVale McGee has agreed to a deal with the Dallas Mavericks, according to Yahoo! Sports' Chris Haynes.
2 days ago
Devin Booker #1 of the Phoenix Suns shoots the ball against Dwight Powell #7 of the Dallas Maverick...
Arizona Sports

Report: Phoenix Suns’ Devin Booker chosen as cover athlete for NBA 2K23

Phoenix Suns All-Star Devin Booker will be the cover athlete on the NBA 2K23 video game, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania.
2 days ago
Bucks lose drawing; Suns won’t get No. 17 overall pick in NBA Draft