Rumors are circulating that the June 21 NBA draft could feature several surprises – and potentially some trades – at the top of the first round.

We’re not sure we’re buying that, but in our mock draft 5.0, there is a new name for the Suns at No. 16. And, surprise, it’s not a point guard.

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1. Suns (21-61): C Deandre Ayton, 7-0, 260, Arizona

Nearly everyone around the league believes the Suns are drafting Ayton despite the hiring of Igor Kokoskov as coach and his obvious familiarity with Slovenian guard Luka Doncic. Their belief is justified. General Manager Ryan McDonough has said center is a “slightly higher” priority and NBA scouts have compared Ayton with Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid and Minnesota’s Karl-Anthony Towns. At this point, if Ayton’s not the pick it will be a real shocker.

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2. Kings (27-55): G Luka Doncic, 6-8, 220, Real Madrid

There’s been speculation that Doncic is dropping on draft boards. Not buying it. Vlade Divac, the Kings’ vice president of basketball operations, loves Doncic, who could pair with De’Aaron Fox in the backcourt or play more of a point-forward position. The Kings did work out Marvin Bagley III recently and need frontcourt scoring help but Doncic is just too tempting. If the Kings aren’t in love with Doncic, they could trade down.

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3. Hawks (24-58): C Jaren Jackson Jr., 6-11, 240, Michigan State

Some NBA executives believe Jackson will eventually be the best big man in this draft because of his potential as an elite rim protector who can also space the floor with 3-point shooting ability. McDonough called Jackson “unique” after his workout with Phoenix. He’ll fit in well in Atlanta as a complement to John Collins.

4. Grizzlies (22-60): F Marvin Bagley III, 6-10, 235, Duke

There’s talk that Bagley will be taken No. 2 by Sacramento, but if he isn’t, he won’t drop any further than here. The Grizzlies need to get younger and more athletic – Marc Gasol and Mike Conley will both be on the wrong side of 30 when the 2018-19 season starts – and Bagley is a potential All-Star who can play power forward or develop into a stretch center.

5. Mavericks (24-58): C Mohamed Bamba, 7-0, 220, Texas

Dallas desperately needs a rim protector and Bamba, with his 7-9 wingspan, can fill that role immediately. His offensive game is limited – although he has been working on his shooting form – but if he can do for Dallas what Rudy Gobert does for Utah, it’s hard to imagine the Mavericks passing on him. Also, Bamba came across very well at the combine when he met with the media and interviewed with teams.

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6. Magic (25-57): PG Trae Young, 6-2, 180, Oklahoma

Orlando has frontcourt depth with Aaron Gordon (assuming he doesn’t leave in free agency), Jonathan Isaac and Nikola Vucevic. What they don’t have, after passing on Dennis Smith Jr. last season, is a point guard to run the offense. That’s why Young is the pick over Michael Porter. Young’s defense and shot selection are concerns but his ability to hit the 3 and space the floor will open up the Magic’s offense.

7. Bulls (27-55): F Michael Porter, 6-10, 215, Missouri

Chicago will be delighted if Porter falls to No. 7. If Porter doesn’t have back surgery at Missouri, he’d likely be in line to be a top-three pick. There’s been some concern that Porter’s medical exams won’t be available to teams and that could cause him to fall even further but the Bulls need a frontcourt scorer to pair with Lauri Markkanen.

8. Cavaliers (50-32, via Nets): C Wendell Carter, 6-10, 260, Duke

A change here. Carter is moving up on draft boards because of his versatility and intelligence. It’s almost impossible to know what Cleveland will do here because of the LeBron James conundrum, and the Cavs could go point guard with Collin Sexton, but Carter can come in and contribute right away and be a nice long-term piece for Cleveland.

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9. Knicks (29-53): F Mikal Bridges, 6-7, 210, Villanova

General Manager Scott Perry has publicly acknowledged that the Knicks need wing players, and Bridges is the best wing available. He shot 43.5 percent from 3-point range last season for Villanova and he can defend multiple positions. Some scouts believe he’s the best two-way player in the draft, comparable to Washington’s Otto Porter.

10. 76ers (52-30, via Lakers): F Miles Bridges, 6-7, 230, Michigan State

This could be a spot for a trade. But if the 76ers hold on to the pick, they’ll likely look for wing help and Miles Bridges is a freakish athlete who can play both forward positions and would be a great finisher alongside Ben Simmons.

11. Hornets (36-46): PG Collin Sexton, 6-2, 185, Alabama

A change. Kemba Walker could be on his way out so Charlotte gets its point guard of the future in Sexton, who drops from the top 10. Sexton is a dynamic player who seems to love the big moment. He can get to the basket, finish through contact and his 3-point shooting should improve with NBA coaching.

12. Clippers (42-40, via Pistons):  F Kevin Knox, 6-9, 215, Kentucky

With the trade of Blake Griffin to Detroit, the Clippers are in need of frontcourt help. If either Young or Sexton falls this far, they could be the pick. Knox has work to do on his shooting and his effort isn’t always the best, but he won’t turn 19 until August. There’s plenty of room to grow.

13. Clippers (42-40): PG Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, 6-6, 180, Kentucky

After filling their frontcourt need with Knox, the Clippers move to the backcourt and take Gilgeous-Alexander, who improved as much over the course of the season as any college basketball player in the country. L.A. needs a long-term fit at point guard, and Gilgeous-Alexander fits the bill.

14. Nuggets (46-36): SG Zhaire Smith, 6-5, 195, Texas Tech

Denver would seem to be set in the backcourt with Jamal Murray and Gary Harris, but Smith can easily shift to small forward because his athleticism and 45-inch vertical leap allows him to play bigger than his size. Smith can also guard multiple positions, which will make him a favorite of coach Mike Malone.

15. Wizards (43-39): C Robert Williams, 6-9, 240, Texas A&M

With Marcin Gortat contemplating retirement after the 2018-19 season the Wizards go for Williams, who has a 7-6 wingspan and is a beast on the boards. Williams is raw but he’s an explosive athlete who should benefit offensively playing with John Wall and Bradley Beal.

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16. Suns (21-61) via Heat: SG Lonnie Walker IV, 6-5, 204, Miami

It’s looking less and less likely Phoenix stands pat here. The Suns reportedly are interested in using the No. 16 pick to move up in the first round and they could also trade back in a deal that nets them a veteran player. But if those deals fall through an uber-athlete like Walker could be the pick. Walker doesn’t have a proven offensive game, but teams love his upside, particularly on the defensive end.

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17. Bucks: (44-38): C Mitchell Robinson, 7-1, 225, Chalmette High School

Robinson is a man of mystery after not playing college ball but the Bucks need an athletic big man, and Robinson was the No. 1 center in the 2017 recruiting class. He has a long ways to go but could contribute immediately on the defensive end as a rebounder and rim protector.

18. Spurs (47-35): F Dzanan Musa, 6-9, 195, KK Cedevita

Musa is the perfect Spurs pick, an 18-year-old international player they can stash overseas for a year or two if they want. Musa’s body needs to mature but scouts love his offensive versatility. In short, he’s a scorer.

19. Hawks (24-58, via Timberwolves): PG Aaron Holiday, 6-1, 185, UCLA

A change. Atlanta took care of its need for a big man with the selection of Jackson Jr. at No. 3. Veteran point guard Dennis Schroder could be on his way out with a total rebuild in process so the Hawks go point guard and grab Holiday, who shot 43 percent from 3-point range last season and is a tough and defensive-minded player.

20. Timberwolves (47-35, via Thunder): PG Elie Okobo, 6-3, 180, Pau-Lacq-Orthez, France

A change. With Jamal Crawford likely on his way out Minnesota needs scoring help, particularly in the backcourt. Okobo is rocketing up draft boards. He’s not a natural point guard but he can play both backcourt positions and could be an ideal sixth man early in his career.

21. Jazz (48-34): F Troy Brown, 6-7, 215, Oregon

Utah has its main players in place, with Rudy Gobert at center and Donovan Mitchell and Ricky Rubio in the backcourt. Brown gives the Jazz an explosive athlete who can play both shooting guard and small forward. He’s also a terrific passer, making him a natural fit for Utah’s offense.

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22. Bulls (27-55, via Pelicans): SG Chandler Hutchinson, 6-7, 195, Boise State

Word around the league is that the Bulls have made a promise to Hutchinson that they’ll take him at No. 22. He would give Chicago some length in its second unit behind starters Kris Dunn and Zach LaVine, and he can develop into a prototype 3-and-D player.

23. Pacers (48-34): PG Landry Shamet, 6-5, 190, Wichita State

Indiana needs a ball-handler next to Victor Oladipo and while there are concerns about Shamet – he’s not an explosive athlete and he needs to gain strength – he can play both backcourt positions and is a lethal 3-point shooter, shooting 44.2 percent on 5.9 attempts per game last season.

24. Trail Blazers (49-33): SG Kevin Huerter, 6-7, 195, Maryland

Portland, as evidenced by its first-round playoff flop, desperately needs scoring help to take some of the pressure off Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum. Huerter shot 42 percent from 3-point range and ideally will play off of Lillard and McCollum as a catch-and-shoot target from deep.

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Scott Bordow and Jay Dieffenbach break down the Suns’ options with their 16th pick in the upcoming NBA draft.
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25. Lakers (35-47, via Cavaliers): SG Josh Okogie, 6-4, 195, Georgia Tech

A change. Okogie is another player who is moving up draft boards. Los Angeles needs defensive help and Okogie, with his 7-foot wingspan, can cover multiple positions. Scouts worry about his shooting form, but he did shoot 39 percent from 3-point range at Georgia Tech. Potentially a prototype 3-and-D player.

26. 76ers (52-30): SG Donte DiVincenzo, 6-4, 205, Villanova

A change. Philadelphia needs to surround Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid with shooters and DiVencenzo could find himself playing the role of J.J. Redick, who might be on his way out in free agency. DiVincenzo hit 40 percent from 3-point range for the national champion Wildcats last season. An elite athlete, he can play both shooting guard and small forward.

27. Celtics (55-27): PG Jalen Brunson, 6-3, 190, Villanova

Point guard wouldn’t seem to be a position of need for the Celtics, but Kyrie Irving is coming off knee surgery and there’s a chance Marcus Smart could leave in free agency. Brunson isn’t a great athlete but he’s smart, tough and takes care of the ball. Sounds like a Celtic.

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28. Warriors (58-24): F Keita Bates-Diop, 6-7, 235, Ohio State

A change. Bates-Diop won’t wow anyone with his athleticism but he was the Big Ten Player of the Year and, at worst, should be a solid role player. That’s about all Golden State should expect – or want – at this point in the draft.

29. Nets (28-54, via Raptors): F Jacob Evans, 6-6, 210, Cincinnati

Brooklyn finished 23rd in defensive rating so the logical pick here is Evans, who averaged 1.6 steals per game for Cincinnati last season and can guard three positions. Evans isn’t a polished offensive player but he averaged 3.1 assists per game and should be able to step in and produce immediately.

30. Hawks (24-58, via Rockets): SG Khyri Thomas, 6-3, 210, Creighton

With their third first-round pick in the 2018 NBA draft, the Hawks go for wing help. Thomas was twice the Big East Defensive Player of the Year and he also shot 40.6 percent from 3-point range at Creighton. If Atlanta winds up with Jackson, Holiday and Thomas, it will have the foundation of its next playoff team.

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