The Suns are guaranteed to have a Top 5 NBA draft pick. Here are some players they could take.
The Phoenix Suns could face some difficult choices in the 2017 NBA draft.
Depending on which pick they land, they will have several options.
Will they take a point guard? If so, which one?
Will they go for a more defensive-minded player?
Could they possibly trade the pick?
The NBA draft lottery is May 16. The NBA draft is June 22.
We’ll know the answers to those questions soon.
YOUR TAKE: Anyone but Lonzo Ball for Suns?
For now, check out who the Suns are projected to take in recent NBA mock drafts:
azcentral sports: Suns go with UCLA’s Lonzo Ball at No. 2
Doug Haller writes: “Given the Suns’ defensive issues, Kentucky’s De’Aaron Fox might make more sense, but Ball moves the ball better than anyone who’s entered this draft in years. At this point, his star potential trumps his unorthodox shot and his father’s nonsense. That could change.”
Bleacher Report: Suns select Kansas’ Josh Jackson at No. 2
Jonathan Wasserman writes: “Slotting Josh Jackson at No. 2 means predicting the Phoenix Suns won’t rank Lonzo Ball in a separate tier. Fit will play the tiebreaker here, making Jackson the more attractive choice for a wing-needy team that’s already set in the backcourt. Adding Ball could mean having to trade Eric Bledsoe, and with one year left on general manager Ryan McDonough’s contract, there may not be great incentive to give away his 27-year-old second-leading scorer. Having finished No. 28 in defensive efficiency (109.3 points allowed per 100 possessions), the Suns could favor Jackson, who, at the least, can apply pressure and bring toughness. But his offensive upside is the big selling point. An elite athlete and a playmaking forward with a developing one-on-one scoring attack, Jackson could easily be viewed as the best player available.”
SB Nation: Suns pick Duke’s Jayson Tatum at No. 4
Ricky O’Donnell writes: “Tatum can score. He’s great from mid-range, capable from the three-point line (34.2 percent) and made 85 percent of his free throws. What’s worrisome is that he had a lot more turnovers (76) than assists (62). His ceiling will ultimately rest on if he learns to read the game better and improves his playmaking ability. Either way, Tatum is getting buckets.”
nbadraft.net: Suns take Jackson at No. 2
CBS Sports: Suns select Jackson at No. 2
Gary Parrish writes: “Jackson didn’t get the attention some other freshmen got this season — and he wasn’t even the best player on his team. (That was Frank Mason.) But the 6-8 wing was tremendous while averaging 16.3 points, 7.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists in his lone college season. He’s an elite athlete who projects as a high-level contributor on both offense and defense.”
NBA DRAFT LOTTERY: Where will the Suns pick?
vavel.com: Suns select Ball at No. 2
Jefferson Mott writes: “A lot of controversy surrounds Lonzo Ball, he has proven to be one of the better if not the best player in this draft class. The problem is, his off the court distractions bring up a lot of potential issues for any team. Ball talent speaks for himself and will bring a unique passing and scoring ability to a Phoenix Suns team still searching for their team’s identity.”
landof10.com: Suns pick Ball at No. 3
NBA DRAFT LOTTERY HISTORY: How have Phoenix Suns fared?
draftsite.com: Suns go with Jackson at No. 2
fansided.com: Suns select Tatum at No. 4
Chris Stone writes: “With a couple of point guards available, there could be an argument for the Phoenix Suns taking either De’Aaron Fox or Dennis Smith Jr. here, but the biggest position of need in Phoenix is on the wing, which makes Duke’s Jayson Tatum an ideal fit. The 6-foot-8 swingman has potential as an offensive creator and would give the Suns some much needed scoring punch. It would also allow Marquese Chriss and Dragan Bender to continue their development in the frontcourt.”
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