And the Suns' reward for all that losing/tanking came Tuesday night when the Western Conference franchise won the actual lottery and secured the No. 1 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, where Phoenix is expected to select ... This listing is not based on how high in the draft pecking order they were selected, but rather how good they were and for how long once they made it to the National Basketball Association. The Suns checked off that box Tuesday with the No. 1 overall pick.
Pitman didn't represent the Suns on the televised part of the lottery but he was present in the off-camera back room where the draw actually takes place.
Sacramento will pick No. 2 and Atlanta got the No. 3 pick - both of them moving up to get there. The Memphis Grizzlies will pick fourth and the Dallas Mavericks will pick fifth. The former victor of both the Wooden Award and the Naismith Award as the best player in college basketball in the 2015-16 season, was selected by the New Orleans Pelicans with the sixth overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.
The Suns should think about retiring the suit Pitman wore to the lottery if they manage to draft a franchise player and dramatically improve on the 21-61 record they posted in 2017-18. There will certainly be plenty of questions before the draft, which will be held on June 21, 2018, at 7 PM ET from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.