PHOENIX — The Phoenix Suns’ chance to land a number one pick for the second year in a row slipped away Tuesday night, when the team was awarded the sixth pick in the upcoming draft.
The Suns were reportedly most hopeful to draft either Duke forward Zion Williamson or Murray State point guard Ja Morant if they landed in the top two. While those two will almost certainly be selected before it's the team's turn, several other talented guards could still be available when the Suns are on the clock.
Headed into the upcoming season, the Suns will also have a new coach for the fifth season since 2016. Earlier this month the team announced the hiring of NBA veteran coach Monty Williams.
The Suns haven't advanced to the playoffs since 2010, the longest postseason drought in franchise history. They have posted an 87-241 record in the last four seasons and haven't won more than 24 games in any of those seasons.
The New Orleans Pelicans won the lottery and will pick first. The Memphis Grizzlies, New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers round out the top four.