The moment of truth for all 30 NBA teams arrives Thursday evening at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
It is the moment when teams will draft players, many with the hopes that their selections can set their franchise on a course of sustained success.
Arizona’s Deandre Ayton is viewed in that vein, a 7-foot center many NBA executives see as the top overall pick because of his immense ability and potential.
Slovenia’s Luka Doncic is perhaps the most intriguing prospect because of his fame in Europe and all-around skills. But the combo guard/forward has not committed to coming to the NBA from Euroleague champion Real Madrid.
Duke’s Marvin Bagley III, Michigan State’s Jaren Jackson Jr., Texas’ Mohamed Bamba, Oklahoma’s Trae Young and Missouri’s Michael Porter Jr. are all big-time freshman talents expected to be lottery picks.