Phoenix Suns: NBA draft primer

The draft order is set and there were no surprises for the Phoenix Suns on Draft Lottery night as they remained in their projected 14th overall slot.

The Suns also own the 18th and 27th picks in addition to their 14th pick. It’s unlikely that they will actually draft and keep three players this year so don’t be shocked if Ryan McDonough either tries to trade up in the draft, or attempts to trade the picks in a deal for a veteran to help them win next year.

In my opinion (if they don’t trade for Kevin Love) the best move they could make would be to trade their 14 & 18 picks to move up into the top 8 and try to snag one of Aaron Gordon, Noah Vonleh or Julius Randle. Adding a young, dynamic big to this core would be amazing. That being said, if they don’t make any trades then here’s a look at the potential targets with each draft pick.

Who will be the next rookie to set foot in the US Airways Center?

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Targets with the 14th pick:

  • Nik Stauskus-SG-Michigan
  • Doug McDermott-SF- Creighton
  • Rodney Hood-SF-Duke
  • Tyler Ennis-PG-Syracuse
  • Dario Saric-SF-Croatia
  • James Young-SF-Kentucky

I wouldn’t complain if the Suns ended up with any of these player at number 14. All of them bring a different dynamic to the game and would be a great addition to the team. Ennis isn’t likely unless they end up trading one of Dragic/Bledsoe, though.

Targets with the 18th pick:

  • Clint Capela-PF-International
  • Cleanthony Early-SF-Wichita State
  • Jerami Grant-SF-Syracuse
  • Zach LaVine-SG-UCLA
  • Adreian Payne-PF-Michigan State

Depending on who they take at 14, this pick could vary quite a bit. If they take someone ready to play next year then they could use this one on a “draft and stash prospect” or a player that’s labeled as a “project” so they could send them down to their new D-League affiliate team.

Targets with the 27th pick: 

  • Kyle Anderson-SF-UCLA
  • Nick Johnson-PG/SG-Arizona
  • TJ Warren-SF-North Carolina State
  • KJ McDaniels-SF-Clemson
  • Mitch McGary-PF-Michigan

Again, this pick will weigh heavily on whatever they do with their first two picks. A lot of options at this point of the draft so it should be interesting and they can go a lot of ways.

Trade for Love? 

The Suns have been mentioned as a potential suitor for Kevin Love multiple times and in Minnesota’s case, the Suns are the best trade partners due to their abundance in young talent and draft picks. I can’t think of a team with more to offer than Phoenix.

The biggest question remains–would Love agree to an extension with Phoenix? If he would then I would be all for trading away multiple assets and picks to land him.

Trading the Morris twins, Goodwin and 3 1st round picks (14th overall this year), LA’s 2015 1st rounder & Minnesota’s 2015 pick could be an intriguing package if the Wolves are looking to rebuild. It’s a risky deal for Phoenix, but adding Love to a core of Bledsoe, Dragic, Tucker, Green, Plumlee, Len, Frye and co. would be very exciting.

If they (MIN) want to remain competitive and try to go bold then they could try a trade for Eric Bledsoe. I think Bledsoe and a late first round pick or future first round pick would be enough for Minnesota to pull the trigger.

Come draft night be sure to fasten your seat belts Suns fans, it should be a crazy ride. Or maybe not. We’ll find out. But you get my point… it’s going to be fun.

  • Milliken Steeler

    Three first round picks is to much. Two first rounders and maybe the Morris twins although. I only see them two getting better and better the next couple of years.

    This is a very possible trade if…he signs a long term deal. I would not give away those picks and players if he is going to jet in year. That would set our whole team building process back a notch.

    • Brandon Duenas

      I completely agree. Only trade for Love if he agrees to an extension beforehand. If not then focus on keeping this core together and try to move up in the draft and take a PF/C that can help right away and that has potential.