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This Is How NBA Insiders Expect First 3 Picks Of 2018 NBA Draft To Play Out

Marvin Bagley celebrates a play against North Carolina.

DURHAM, NC - MARCH 03: Marvin Bagley III #35 of the Duke Blue Devils reacts after a play against the North Carolina Tar Heels during their game at Cameron Indoor Stadium on March 3, 2018 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

The 2018 NBA Draft doesn't begin until Thursday night. However, the picture at the top of the draft seems to be shaking out.

The No. 1 pick is often relieved of much drama, as we know the likely selection ahead of time. Things are not set in stone, but it seems very likely that the Phoenix Suns are set to go with Arizona center DeAndre Ayton.

The former Wildcat star profiles as a big-time offensive weapon for the Suns. He averaged over 20 points and 11 rebounds per game in college, hitting over 61-percent of his shots from the field, and 34-percent from three-point range.

Assuming the Suns go with Ayton, things get interesting from there.

Based on reports from various NBA insiders, we may know what the Sacramento Kings (No. 2) and Atlanta Hawks (No. 3) plan to do with their NBA Draft picks.

19-year old European superstar Luka Doncic has been discussed as the main rival to Ayton for the No. 1 pick. However, most reports have Ayton going in that top slot.

Earlier in the draft process, there were reports that Doncic didn't want to end up going to the Sacramento Kings at No. 2. He might get his wish.

Dallas Morning-News writer Eddie Sefko says that Duke's Marvin Bagley III is a "near-lock" to go No. 2 overall. ESPN's Jonathan Givony has made a similar report.

If Bagley is the second pick, Doncic could wind up heading to Atlanta at No. 3. Adrian Wojnarowski says that the Euro star is at the "forefront" of the franchise's NBA Draft conversation.

Plenty can happen in the next few days. There is also the chance that teams like the Bulls and 76ers make moves up in the NBA Draft. As of now, this sounds like what teams are leaning towards with the top three picks.