There’s only about a month left before the NBA draft, but it’s still way too early to say who the Suns ought to take with the top pick.

The only people who have solid opinions right now have nothing at stake. So rather than jump in with arguments based on some highlight videos and talk radio soundbites, let’s work through the options a bit by calling up some smart coaches who shoot it straight.

“From what I’ve seen, I think three guys probably are in play,” Arizona State men’s basketball coach Bobby Hurley said, referencing Deandre Ayton, Luka Doncic and Marvin Bagley III.

Probably. Suns General Manager Ryan McDonough says there could be more than that. He could be bluffing. He’s a strategist. No use giving up too much, right now.

“This year is a really, really strong year,” said Nevada coach Eric Musselman, who’s been in NBA draft rooms with everyone from John Gabriel to Jerry West. “If you’re Phoenix today, you’ve basically got to discuss three guys … It’s Ayton, it’s Luka or Bagley, and that’s it.”

The evaluation process will be exhaustive. It has to be.  

“It’s a big decision for those guys,” Hurley said. “You’re not in this situation too often … This is a good year to cash in on a franchise-type player.”

Muss took that up a notch.

“It’s career defining for everybody involved,” he said. “It’s organizational defining, too.”

Good, bad or unlucky. No one is going to forget this. Suns fans of a certain age still tell whippersnappers what might have happened if they had a chance to draft Lew Alcindor instead of Neal Walk.

It’s like that all over the NBA.

“You look at the Knicks, and they get Patrick Ewing,” Musselman said. “It’s the right decision, and years and years and years after Patrick Ewing’s gone, we all remember he was the pick and what he did for that organization. Look at the (Tim) Duncans and David Robinsons and what they did, and it’s still, many, many years after they’re done playing and it still holds.

“And if you have a first, second or third pick, and it doesn’t work out, it’s the exact opposite effect,” he said. “You remember those for a long time, as well.”

Exactly.

NBA fans can do this off the top of their heads. Sam Bowie ahead of Michael Jordan. Kwame Brown ahead of Pau Gasol. Greg Oden ahead of Kevin Durant.

None of those are scarier than Darko Milicic ahead of Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade.

No one forgets this stuff.

“Ayton’s sitting there, and he’s supposed to be the No. 1 pick. But then you also have Doncic,” Buffalo coach Nate Oats said. “I was in Detroit for 11 years. And that pick sounds a little too much like Darko Milicic to me. I could be dead wrong.”

Doncic is impossible for everyday fans to evaluate. There’s no frame of reference.

“You might not be able to,” Musselman allowed. “A guy sitting in his Scottsdale, Ariz., home, who watches games on his satellite dish isn’t going to be able to. But I do think anybody who’s been a part of FIBA basketball or Euro basketball understands that what Luka has been doing, he’s been doing it against grown men. And the guys he’s been doing it against are better than 90 percent of the college teams.”

He took it a step further, rattling off a list of successful guys drafted from overseas. Tony Parker. Dirk Nowitzki. Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Oats thinks foreign scouting is better, but not as good as college scouting.

“Too many misses,” he said. “It’s almost like the best foreign guys get drafted late. Some of the worst foreign guys get drafted early. Too much of a crap shoot.”

They disagree on that, but everybody agrees on Ayton.

“D. Ayton,” Hurley said, “he gave us all kinds of problems. He did that to a lot of people. Very, very unique prospect.

“When I watched him, I thought of (Hakeem) Olajuwon,” Hurley said, “ … the size, the body, the footwork, the touch, the rebounding, everything.”

Oats frustrated Ayton into an early NCAA Tournament exit.

We kind of exposed Ayton a little bit,” Oats said. “But still, that dude looks like a No. 1 pick. You watch him play, his size. He’s so big. The way he moves. … I still think he’s gonna be a better pro than he was a college player.”

Oats didn’t see Bagley in person, but Hurley and Musselman recruited him. They rave about the guy.

“If you had to sit there and say, ‘Who’s got a chance to be Rookie of the Year next year?’ You’d be hard pressed to say there’s many people ahead of Bagley,” Musselman said.

Hurley said, “I think anyone that gets him is gonna be pretty happy … He’s a guy that’s gonna develop and continue to get better.”

Make up your mind yet? Sounds like Ayton, Doncic and Bagley all can help rebuild the franchise.

How about a trade? Swap picks with Atlanta at No. 3 and get Dennis Schroder in return? Offer to switch with Sacramento just to see who they’ll give up?

We can think through those later.

We’ve waited this long for a winner around here. No need to rush now.

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