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Deandre Ayton, Trae Young, and the amazing run of the 2018 NBA draft class

The 2018 class, including Deandre Ayton, walks past the rest of the peloton.

Class 2018, including Deandre Ayton, strikes by the rest of the peloton.
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It’s time for us to take a good look at the 2018 NBA Draft Class.

The game of this draft class’s number one pick, Deandre Ayton, and Trae Young’s meteoric rise as an NBA playoff superstar completely changed the thinking process about how many people have seen this class of. players.

A year ago, many would have considered this to be Luka’s project. While Young was good at Atlanta, he wasn’t winning consistently enough to turn heads. Ayton wasn’t nearly the same player he flourished in the playoffs and Jaren Jackson Jr. was legitimate, but he’s had injuries his entire career.

These playoffs have opened our eyes to so much talent in this draft class that we have to start seeing it as one of the deepest in the last decade.

And not to mention players who aren’t even in the playoffs this year but still play hoop in the regular season like Collin Sexton, Gary Trent Jr., Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Miles Bridges, and Devonte ‘Graham, not to mention. name a few. .

The 2011 class will be in a class of its own for now when we look back at the drafts of this decade. You can’t chat with Kawhi Leonard, Klay Thompson, Kemba Walker, Jimmy Butler, and Kyrie Irving.

But the 2018 class might have an argument for the second best draft class of the past decade competing with the 2017 class which gave us Jayson Tatum, Donovan Mitchell and Bam Adebayo and the 2016 class which gave us Ben Simmons, Jaylen Brown. , Jamal Murray and Brandon Ingram. The 2018 class already has one of these guys’ best player at Luka and you could argue that 2018 has better role players positioned in later picks.

If all goes well, the 2018 class will have a profound impact on the league for the next 10 to 15 seasons.

Class of 2018 is nothing to play with – these guys can hoop for real.

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