Why did the Suns take Deandre Ayton No. 1 over Doncic – who went No. 3 – in last year’s NBA draft?
Phoenix’s coach was even Igor Kokoskov, who coached Doncic with the Slovenian national team.
Kokoskov, via Index, via Google Translate:
Unfortunately, I cannot answer that question because of a professional code, but when you have already asked me, I will tell you that I sleep peacefully and peaceably.
In other words: Kokoskov has no regrets about his input into the draft process. He’s hinting he wanted Doncic. (That’s easier to do after seeing how everything played out.)
But Doncic’s ascent in Dallas leaves so much room for second-guessing. Maybe Kokoskov, who got fired after last season, would still be with the Suns if they drafted Doncic. Doncic would’ve done wonders for making Phoenix competitive last year – let alone beyond.