Facing the Future

The fresh faces of basketball's future ride the emotional roller coaster of the 2018 NBA draft at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Oklahoma's Trae Young steps off the bus at the Barclays Center as the draft picks arrive. Young, who was selected by the Dallas Mavericks with the No. 5 overall pick, was traded to the Atlanta Hawks for Luka Doncic (No. 3 overall pick).

Mo Bamba, left, and Marvin Bagley III pass through the security checkpoint before securing new jobs with the Orlando Magic and Sacramento Kings, respectively.

Michael Porter Jr., who had been riding the draft roller coaster leading up to the big day, seems uncertain as players gather in the green room. The Nuggets took away that uncertainty by making him the No. 14 pick.

Michigan State's Jaren Jackson Jr. enjoys a good laugh in the green room with his fellow draft prospects. His confidence on and off the court landed him in Memphis with the No. 4 selection.

Robert Williams, left, and Luka Doncic play it cool in the green room before heading to their assigned tables for the start of the draft.

Deandre Ayton is front and center as the draft prospects gather around before the draft begins. Ayton would find himself front and center again when the Phoenix Suns selected him with the No. 1 pick.

Miles Bridges puts the finishing touches on his hair to ensure he's stage-ready. Bridges would be selected by the Los Angeles Clippers with the No. 12 overall pick before being traded to the Charlotte Hornets, who were eager to add his skill set.

Lonnie Walker IV makes sure he looks good before it's his time to take the stage. The San Antonio Spurs would take him with the No. 18 pick.

Marvin Bagley III sits at his assigned table as the draft gets underway. He didn't have to wait long -- his name was the second one called.

Villanova's Donte DiVincenzo takes advantage of the catering at the Barclays Center before the festivities. He would be selected by the Milwaukee Bucks with the No. 17 pick.

Onlookers catch a glimpse of Deandre Ayton as he takes the floor before the draft.

The waiting game gets to Marvin Bagley III, who can't hold back a yawn.

Luka Doncic briefly dons an Atlanta Hawks draft cap before being traded to the Dallas Mavericks for Trae Young (No. 5 overall pick).

Wendell Carter Jr. sits with his family as he waits for his name to be called. The Chicago Bulls didn't keep him waiting long by making him the No. 7 overall selection.

Sporting his Memphis Grizzlies draft hat, Jaren Jackson Jr. poses for photos on a set designed to look like the Brooklyn Bridge.

Alabama's Collin Sexton is all smiles as he puts on his Cleveland Cavaliers draft cap after they made him the eighth pick in the draft.

Mo Bamba receives a congratulatory hug after being selected by the Orlando Magic with the No. 6 pick.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander wears an LA Clippers draft cap as he walks down a Barclays Center hallway toward his media tour. The Clippers acquired the No. 11 overall pick in a trade with the Charlotte Hornets.

Dzanan Musa and his family react to finally hearing his named called when the Brooklyn Nets select him with the No. 29 pick.

Kentucky's Hamidou Diallo is hugged by his mother as he anxiously awaits his name to be called in the second round. The Barclays Center would become his future home, as the Nets selected him with the No. 45 overall pick.

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