Semi Ojeleye discusses the Phoenix Suns pre-draft workout on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at Taking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Ariz. By Rob Schumacher/azcentral sports
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Luke Kornet discusses the Phoenix Suns’ workout on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at Taking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Ariz. By Rob Schumacher/azcentral sports
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Kennedy Meeks discusses the Phoenix Suns’ workout on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at Taking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Ariz. By Rob Schumacher/azcentral sports
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Kobi Simmons, a guard from Arizona, talks during the Phoenix Suns pre-draft workout on Monday, May 29, 2017 at Taking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Ariz. Rob Schumacher/azcentral sports
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Josh Hart, a guard from Villanova, talks about being part of the Phoenix Suns pre-draft workout on Monday, May 29, 2017 at Taking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Ariz. Rob Schumacher/azcentral sports
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azcentral sports’ Jay Dieffenbach and Doug Haller discuss Lonzo Ball skipping a Celtics workout and a dark-horse pick for the Suns at No. 4.
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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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Semi Ojeleye, forward from SMU, on Suns’ workout
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Villanova’s Josh Hart at the Phoenix Suns pre-draft workout
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The Suns have the fourth pick in the June 22 NBA draft. Their selection could alter the franchise or add to a youthful core already in place.
azcentral sports has highlighted eight players within the Suns’ range. This is the eighth profile in that series:
Position: Point guard.
Size: 6-6/190 pounds.
Last season: In his only college season, Ball led quite the reversal in Westwood, taking the Bruins from 15 wins in 2015-16 to 31 last season. He averaged 14.6 points, 6.0 rebounds and a nation’s best 7.6 assists. He shot 73.2 percent from 2-point range, 41.2 from 3 and 67.3 from the foul line. He was a first-team AP All-American, as well as the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year.
Why he makes sense for the Suns: Ball is considered the best passer to enter the draft in years, on level with Jason Kidd and Magic Johnson. That kind of talent makes sense for everyone. In Phoenix, he would join a young core that includes guard Devin Booker and forwards Dragan Bender and Marquese Chriss, accelerating the Suns’ rebuild. “He has an uncanny sense of knowing where everybody is,” Pac-12 Networks analyst and former NBA coach Mike Montgomery said. “His timing is incredible. He’s always anticipating who’s going to be open. I think sometimes he actually is two steps ahead of people in terms of where somebody is going to be. It makes him really, really good if people are moving.”
Why he doesn’t: It’s widely believed the Suns tanked the last several weeks to better position themselves to land Ball in the draft. It didn’t work, and with the fourth pick, the odds aren’t great that Ball will be available. He’s expected to go to the Lakers at No. 2. At this point, it’s not certain that Ball would even work out in Phoenix.
Concerns: When a player excels in one area, the rest of his game is held under a microscope. Some of that is happening here. Scouts and analysts question whether Ball can create his own shot in the final seconds of the shot clock. In addition, he’s not a willing defensive player. Then there’s Ball’s dad. Although many general managers have publicly said LaVar Ball will not be a factor in their selection, others aren’t so sure. “It’s an unnecessary distraction,” an NBA source said. “I’ve been part of a parental issue and it really makes people uncomfortable. … It will be interesting to see how (Lonzo) handles it and if his game is able to translate and how his dad responds. Because if it doesn’t work, that media attention will go tenfold.”
Best comparison: You’ve heard this one for a while. Jason Kidd.
Bust factor: Slim. “Some of the other things are going to be somewhat problematic,” ESPN college analyst Fran Fraschilla said, “but in addition to his passing, he’s good enough athletically to be an NBA starter, there’s no doubt, and potentially an NBA All-Star.”
Quote: “He’s special. Very, very special. Like every young player, there are areas where he needs to improve and he’s going to keep getting better. But as far as the guys that are in this draft, in my mind there’s none better than Lonzo. He knows how to direct a team, he’s very unselfish. He just knows how to make people better and that’s a tremendous trait.” – UCLA coach Steve Alford.
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