Will Deandre Ayton or Luka Doncic make the Suns good right away?

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After winning Tuesday’s NBA draft lottery, how quickly can the Phoenix Suns return to the playoffs?

Phoenix hasn’t reached the postseason since losing to the L.A. Lakers in the 2010 Western Conference finals. And since trading Goran Dragic and Isaiah Thomas at the 2015 trade deadline, they’ve averaged nearly 60 losses over the past three seasons.

Despite passing on spending big money in free agency last summer, the Suns have made no secret of their desire to see a return on their lengthy rebuilding process. Can new head coach Igor Kokoskov and the No. 1 overall pick help propel them into competitiveness next season?

Path 1: Phoenix takes Ayton

My ESPN Insider colleague Jonathan Givony has the Suns using the No. 1 overall pick on center Deandre Ayton from the nearby University of Arizona. Ayton would slot smoothly into the Phoenix lineup given that starting center Tyson Chandler will be 36 in October and has predictably declined since joining the Suns. Chandler is the only Phoenix center under guaranteed contract, with 2013 lottery pick

Article source: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/23515384/2018-nba-draft-how-far-away-suns-now-the-no-1-pick

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