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Charles Moynihan ESPN Producer 

Here is the scene inside Talking Stick Resort Arena. 14,000 or so Suns fans are expected to be in attendance. And you can anticipate a deafening roar if/when Commissioner Adam Silver announces local product DeAndre Ayton as the #1 pick.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

A source said the Hawks asked the Mavericks for future picks in swapping Kent Bazemore for Wesley Matthews Jr. in the teams' discussion about Dallas moving up for No. 5 to No. 3 in the draft.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Donnie Nelson downplays likelihood of Mavs moving up in draft. "We feel real confident where we're at, and that's probably the way it will play out."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Brad Stevens asked about Kyrie Irving's uncertain future beyond this season: "To us, he's been nothing but awesome. At the end of every year, guys have the right to make their own decisions. All we can do is do the very best we can. I feel really good about our situation."

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Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

Analytics will have a greater impact on some teams choices tonight more than others. ESPN's Ben Alamar surveyed executives to find out who in the NBA uses draft analytics the best.

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

Compared to Jonathan Givony's top 100 -- which we use as a proxy for the NBA's consensus opinion -- ESPN's draft analytics model is down on these prospects heading into tonight's draft.

Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

Here are my subjective rankings for Thursday's NBA Draft, with different tiers separated by the thin lines.

Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

Here is an updated version of my trade value chart for picks in the NBA Draft, adjusted for this year's increase in salary for first-round picks. As always, note that this estimates what picks should be worth. In practice, teams typically pay a premium to trade up.

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

Despite all the talk about the value of wings in the modern NBA, there is some evidence to suggest that small forwards are actually undervalued in the draft. Below is a plot of small forwards' average box plus-minus (blue) over their first five seasons by draft slot alongside all other positions (red), using the 2001-2016 draft classes. The small forwards have outperformed the others. We've found the same phenomenon exists across rankings by media scouts leading into drafts, which is why we actually adjust those scout rankings in our projections model (giving a slight bump to small forwards). That is one of several reasons why we like Mikal Bridges, for example, more than most. Research by ESPN Analytics' Paul Sabin.