Phoenix Suns Draft Report

Breaking down the Suns draft picks and roster outlook heading into the NBA draft

2017-18 W/L: 21-61 2018-19 W/L: 19-63

Finished 15th in the western conference (Missed Playoffs)

Team Needs: PG, SF, PF

Free Agents: Dragan Bender, Troy Daniels, Kelly Oubre, Jamal Crawford, Richaun Holmes

Under Contract: T.J. Warren, Deandre Ayton, Josh Jackson, Mikal Bridges, Devin Booker, Elli Okobo, De’Anthony Melton, Ray Spaulding

Player Option: Tyler Johnson

Team Option: Jimmer Fredette

Pick 1: 1st Round-6th Overall

Players who could be available and fit with this pick:

PG: Coby White, Darius Garland

SG/SF: Jarrett Culver, De’Andre Hunter, Cam Reddish

Pick 2: 2nd Round-32nd Overall

Players who could be available and fit with this pick:

PG: Ty Jerome

SG/SF: Dylan Windler, Kris Wilkes, Ignas Brazdeikis, Jaylen Nowell

PF/C: Nicolas Claxton, Mfiondu Kabengele, Luka Samanic, Daniel Gafford

The Suns have had some pretty terrible seasons over the last five years after being one of the top teams in the western conference the previous decade. Due to the down years they have been able to draft players like Mikal Bridges, Deandre Ayton and Devin Booker with those high picks. Booker has been a star and is now paid like one taking up a large piece of the salary cap, while Deandre Ayton showed a lot of promise in his rookie year cementing himself as the big man down low of the future for the franchise. Kelly Oubre is a restricted free agent and he played well in Phoenix so if he is to return to the team next season that will be a big help going forward. Point guard has been the major missing piece to the puzzle as they have put together a team with a lot of young talent, at times leading Devin Booker to handle the duties as the lead guard. While he showed he is capable of playing in this role, they still need to get a high level true point guard to pair with Booker and allow him to focus on scoring which is what he does best. After the trade sending Anthony Davis to the Lakers and the #4 overall pick to the Pelicans who have Jrue Holiday on the roster, it is possible that a point guard will not be taken in the top five of the draft other than Ja Morant. If that is the case the Suns will have their choice between Darius Garland and Coby White, providing they consider them the #2 and #3 point guards behind Morant. Garland can shoot the ball at a high level which would pair well with Booker, while White who can also shoot but not as efficiently, would be a dynamic speedy guard leading the Phoenix offense. 

If they draft a point guard with their first pick, it would make sense that the next selection would be a defensive minded wing or a well rounded scorer. The pick which is just outside of the first round provides the Suns with the potential to pick up a player that could be a major part of their future success, should the team grow into a winner. Dylan Windler would make a lot of sense with his ability to play either shooting guard or small forward and elite ability to knock down outside shots. Kris Wilkes and Ignas Brazdeikis would also fit well into the type of team that Phoenix is building, as would Jaylen Nowell with his scoring ability. Should they choose to take another big man to add to Ayton and TJ Warren who has been a very solid player for the team, there will be options at both power forward and the center positions. Nicolas Claxton would be an interesting frontcourt addition with his length and versatility, and the same could be said about Luka Samanic who improved his draft stock at the combine. Mfiondu Kabengele could back up Ayton and provide many of the same things as he did in his rookie season, but taking a player that would be more comfortable playing power forward would make more sense. If we were drafting for Phoenix we would take Coby White with the 6th overall selection, and then take a scorer like Ignas Brazdeikis or Dylan Windler if they were available, although passing on Nicolas Claxton if he slips to the second round would be a tough decision. There is the possibility that the Suns defy the conventional thinking and do not take a point guard with their first selection, and if they do so it could drastically effect how the picks behind them play out. 

 

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