azcentral sports’ Jay Dieffenbach and JJ Hensley discuss the Suns draft as well as ‘The Bartender,’ the key reliever for the Diamondbacks.
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azcentral sports’ Jay Dieffenbach and Doug Haller discuss the NBA lottery and the ASU football quarterback situation.
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azcentral sports’ Doug Haller and Dan Bickley discuss Tuesday’s NBA draft lottery, in which the Suns fell to the No. 4 overall pick, at Talking Stick Resort Arena. David Kadlubowski/azcentral sports
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Suns General Manager Ryan McDonough discusses the Suns earning the No. 4 overall selection in next month’s draft at the team’s NBA draft lottery party at Talking Stick Resort Arena on Tuesday. David Kadlubowski/azcentral sports
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azcentral sports’ Jay Dieffenbach and Dan Bickley talk NBA lottery picks and a team that might be eyeing the Diamondbacks’ Zack Greinke.
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With a top-five pick and five players with star potential, the Suns are in a good place. But how has each selection shown success?
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Suns star guard Devin Booker went to Navarrete Elementary School to surprise student Noah Smith with a trip to the NBA draft lottery in New York City on Friday. Patrick Breen/azcentral sports
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LaVar Ball won’t affect whether the Lakers select his son Lonzo in the upcoming NBA draft, Lakers president Magic Johnson told ESPN’s Jeff Goodman.
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Lonzo Ball’s signature shoes garnered a lot of attention when they were first released. But the sales numbers suggest the sneakers aren’t selling as well as the Big Baller Brand would like.
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As the Suns look to rebuild through the NBA draft, they are looking to Golden State and Oklahoma City as examples of how to do it right.
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azcentral sports’ Jay Dieffenbach and Doug Haller discuss how Boston Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas has become one of the best players in the NBA and who the Suns want in the NBA draft.
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azcentral sports’ Jay Dieffenbach and Dan Bickley talk about the possibility of the NBA draft lottery is rigged and an updated on Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington on Friday. Diana Payan/azcentral
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azcentral sports’ Jay Dieffenbach and Dan Bickley discuss the Rockets’ explosion against the Spurs and a possible pitching implosion for the Diamondbacks.
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The Suns are guaranteed to have a Top 5 NBA draft pick. Here are some players they could take.
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azcentral sports’ Jay Dieffenbach and Dan Bickley discuss Kevin Durant and the Warriors as well as Zack Greinke’s start against the Padres.
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Several former Phoenix Suns players are in the NBA playoffs.
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Take a look at the Suns players that have guaranteed contracts for next season.
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Suns coach Earl Watson takes questions from the press at an end-of-season gathering at Talking Stick Resort Arena on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. Tom Tingle/azcentral sports
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Suns guard Devin Booker discusses the 2016-17 season and how his team can improve throughout the offseason on Wednesday at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Video by Tom Tingle/azcentral sports
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Doug Haller sums up interviews with Phoenix Suns management and players at Talking Stick Resort Arena on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. || Tom Tingle/azcentral sports
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Breaking down the top five moments in Suns guard Devin Booker’s season.
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Jay Dieffenbach and Dan Bickley disagree on the NBA MVP and share their thoughts on the D-Backs’ hot start.
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Suns guard Devin Booker discusses his 70-point game against the Boston Celtics.
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Shot Clock: Suns, don’t worry, take Josh Jackson
Shot Clock: Lottery therapy; ASU’s starting QB?
Doug Haller and Dan Bickley recap Suns’ misfortune in NBA draft lottery
Suns GM McDonough: ‘A little bit of disappointment’ but odds favored No. 4
Shot Clock: Suns fight AZ’s bad lottery luck
What can Suns expect with top-five pick?
Devin Booker surprises young fan with trip to NBA draft lottery
Lakers say LaVar Ball won’t influence decision on Lonzo
LaVar Ball’s shoe line has poor first week of sales
Suns look to emulate Warriors, Thunder in rebuild
Shot Clock: Ex-Suns player Isaiah Thomas shines
Shot Clock: Is the NBA draft lottery rigged?
Shot Clock: Rockets sizzle, D-Backs fizzle?
NBA mock drafts: Popular picks for Phoenix Suns
Shot Clock: Kevin Durant closer to a ring
Familiar faces: Notable former Suns in NBA playoffs
Notable Suns player salaries for 2017-18
Suns coach Watson wraps up season at press conference
Devin Booker: ‘I want to be a winner’
Doug Haller wraps up Suns’ 2016-17 season
Top 5 Devin Booker moments of 2016-17 season
Shot Clock: NBA MVP and surprising D-Backs
Devin Booker on his 70-point night
The Suns will pick fourth in the June 22 NBA draft. Their selection could alter the franchise or add to a young core already in place.
Azcentral sports has highlighted eight players within the Suns’ range. This is the sixth profile in that series:
School: Florida State.
Size: 6-11/205 pounds.
Last season: In his only college season, Isaac averaged 12 points and 7.8 rebounds in just 26.2 minutes. He shot 59.3 percent from 2-point range, 34.8 from 3 and 78 from the foul line. He also blocked 6.2 percent of shots when he was on the court. He made the ACC All-Freshman team.
Why he makes sense for the Suns: Isaac checks a lot of boxes on Phoenix’s needs list. At 6-11, he provides perimeter length. He’s a versatile defender, capable of guarding multiple positions. He’s one of few in this draft with position flexibility, which fits into today’s NBA. Isaac could play both forward positions and possibly center depending on how his body matures down the road. Offensively, Isaac has a nice shooting touch that extends at least to the college 3-point arc. He also has a nice feel and approach to the game. “A lot of the top players, especially the top freshmen, they aggressively hunt their shot,” said ESPN college analyst LaPhonso Ellis, who played 11 NBA seasons. “And Jonathan, he just plays. He’s impactful whether he’s the focal point of the offense or not. And most often this season he wasn’t, but he’d still finish with 12 or 13 points, many coming off the offensive glass or in transition. Winning matters to him.”
Why he doesn’t: Isaac fits, but the Suns simply might favor Kansas small forward Josh Jackson (for his defense) or Duke’s Jayson Tatum (for his offense) or even a point guard. Both Jackson and Tatum probably are closer to making an immediate impact.
Concerns: Isaac is a late bloomer. Before hitting a growth spurt, he was a point guard his freshman year of high school. He didn’t dunk until his junior year. The good side of this: He’s a 6-11 forward with guard skills. The bad: His body still is maturing. At Florida State, he often got pushed around in the post and struggled to finish in traffic.
Best comparison: Isaac grew up modeling his game after Kevin Durant, but that is a stretch. Defensively, he’s a lot like Oklahoma City’s Andre Roberson, only taller. And of course, he’s a lot more polished offensively.
Bust factor: Decent. Isaac has a lot of physical gifts, but unlike others projected to go near the top of the draft, he may require more time to become a consistent contributor. Even so, his upside is hard to ignore. ESPN’s Ellis said he expects Isaac to turn into a 15- to 20-point scorer once he matures physically. ESPN college analyst Fran Fraschilla sees similar promise. “He’s got enormous potential, as much as anybody in the draft,” he said.
Quote: “He affects the game in so many ways. He blocks shots. He hits his free throws. He gets the big rebounds. He makes great decisions. Most people play to get points. Jonathan is a stat stuffer, but he also gets deflections. He changes shots. He makes the extra pass. Fills the lane. Cuts hard without the ball. He’s doing things that help you win. He only averaged 12 or 13 points but he was probably (responsible for) 35 or 40 by just being on the court.” – Leonard Hamilton, Florida State coach.
Previously in this series:
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