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Deandre Ayton is the choice of many — including himself — to be the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft later this month.
Marvin Bagley III has a different idea on the name that will be called with the first overall selection, owned by the Phoenix Suns, on June 21 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
“I definitely believe I’m the No. 1 pick,” Bagley said. “And if the Suns take me, I’ll definitely show them why.”
Bagley had an individual workout with the Suns on Friday, two days after Ayton did so.
“I know I’m going No. 1,” Ayton said after the workout. He said he will not work out for any other teams.
That’s not the case for Bagley, who revealed he will also work out for the Sacramento Kings and the Atlanta Hawks. Sacramento holds the No. 2 pick in the draft, while Atlanta is next in line at No. 3.
“Deandre, he’s going to do what he’s going to do. That’s his plan,” Bagley said. “All I can do is control what I can control and do what I love to do and just show different teams what I’m capable of doing. I can’t really worry about what other people are doing at this point. This is an important time in my life right now, something I’ve been working toward my whole basketball career.”
Bagley said he hears the rampant speculation that Ayton will be the No. 1 and said he uses that as motivation.
“It’s disrespectful and I use it as drive every single day,” he said. “At the end of the day, this is all talk right now. Eventually, we’ll have to go on the court and we’ll have to play. That’s where all the talking ends.”
Bagley was asked if he would have a “lifelong” chip on his shoulder against Phoenix if he’s not taken No. 1 overall.
“I’m a competitive person. You never want to come in last,” he said. “You always put the work in to be great and to get to that next level. That’s just the type of player that I am.
“So, to answer the question, yes.”