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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:

Lonzo Ball

Position: Point guard.

School: UCLA.

Year: Freshman.

Size: 6-6/190 pounds.

Age: 19.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Also in this series:

Josh Jackson

Jayson Tatum

Malik Monk

De’Aaron Fox

Jonathan Isaac

Lauri Markkanen

Dennis Smith Jr.

Contact Doug Haller at 602-444-4949 or at [email protected]. Follow him at Twitter.com/DougHaller.

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