Fast-forward one month: That debate is essentially over.
A vast majority of experts now agree that the 7-foot-1, 260-pound Ayton will be the first No. 1 overall pick in Suns history when the 2018 NBA Draft takes place Thursday beginning at 4 p.m. Arizona time.
The Suns had never had the No. 1 overall pick in their 50-year history until this season.
The Bahamian native and former Phoenix Hillcrest Prep star has been compared to a number of former NBA greats, including Patrick Ewing, David Robinson and Shawn Kemp. Here's a sampling of what the experts are saying about Ayton:
Jeremy Woo, Sports Illustrated: "It would be a surprise at this point if the Suns went in a direction other than Ayton, who most view as the draft’s top prospect and fits neatly into their situation. The top-rated prospect on our Big Board since the start of the season, Ayton possesses elite physical traits, a developing inside-out skill set and a star ceiling if all goes according to plan. He’ll immediately be one of the most athletic centers in the league."
The Ringer: Ayton is a "star center prospect whose body was built by the basketball gods, with a potentially elite two-way game."
Kyle Boone, CBS Sports: "Don't overthink this one, Phoenix. Ayton is the best player in the draft, and at 7-foot-1, he's got throwback big man qualities with a seasoned 3-point shot tucked away in his limitless arsenal. He's an ideal fit alongside Devin Booker."
Gary Parrish, CBS Sports: There's little doubt ... that the Suns will take Ayton first overall and hope the Arizona star becomes a Phoenix legend. His physical gifts make him unique and provide an opportunity for superstardom. He's not a sure thing, in my opinion. But Ayton definitely looks the part."