The Phoenix Suns currently have the third worst record in the NBA, so they are in line for a high pick in the June 22 NBA draft.
Who will they take?
Our mock draft tracker looks at the possibilities for the team in the first round with NCAA Tournament action heating up.
In recent mock drafts, we found only three different players picked for the Suns.
NBA DRAFT LOTTERY: Where will Suns pick?
MOCK DRAFT TRACKER: Previous picks for Suns
Bleacher Report: Suns take Kansas SF Josh Jackson at No. 3
Andy Bailey writes: “Kansas freshman Josh Jackson has understandably drawn comparisons to Andrew Wiggins throughout his lone season with the Jayhawks. In Friday’s Round 1 blowout of UC Davis, he showed why those comparisons may not be fair…to the freshman version of Wiggins. In just 23 minutes, Jackson had 17 points on 8-of-12 shooting, seven rebounds, two assists, a block and a steal.”
hoopshype.com: Suns pick Duke SF Jayson Tatum at No. 3
It writes: “No one improved over the final month of the season as much as Tatum. He’s become one of the nation’s most valuable players in the country. He’s put the Blue Devils on his back with clutch plays at the end of close games to lead Duke to their first ever four wins in four nights ACC Tournament title. While not an elite athlete, he’s extremely smooth and has an advanced isolation game to create space for shots. While he doesn’t have the upside of guys like Josh Jackson or Jonathon Isaac, he may end up hearing his name called before them on draft night due to being such a sure thing and exhibiting such an advanced skill set.”
nbadraftroom.com: Suns take UCLA PG Lonzo Ball at No. 2
It writes: “A big time talent who controls the game with his speed and passing ability. Has an extra gear and loves to push the tempo.”
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SB Nation: Suns go with Jackson at No. 3
Rickey O’Donnell writes: “Looking for an NBA comparison for Josh Jackson? Think Andre Iguodala. The 6’7 wing is a terror in transition, an elite perimeter defender, and gifted passer. He also has a great feel for the game and is as competitive as anyone in this class. The biggest hole in his game is his jump shot. Jackson has been hot from three lately to move close to 40 percent on the season, but he’s still only a 56 percent free throw shooter.”
fansided.com: Suns select Jackson at No. 3
Chris Stone writes: “Jackson needs to show NBA teams that his recent streak of hot shooting is more reality than fiction. He’s made some changes to his shooting mechanics that have smoothed out his shot, but there’s still a long way to go. More tape that suggests he’s going to be a capable shooter would be valuable because the rest of Jackson’s game is more complete. He’s a very good passer who projects to be a high-level secondary ball-handler in the NBA even if he likely won’t handle duties as a primary initiator.”
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More mock drafts:
draftexpress.com: Suns select Jackson at No. 3
nbadraft.net: Suns go with Tatum at No. 3
draftsite.com: Suns go with Ball at No. 3
tankathon.com: Suns take Jackson at No. 3
mynbadraft.com: Suns pick Jackson at No. 3
nesn.com: Suns select Ball at No. 3
RANKINGS: Suns’ Top 10 first-round NBA draft picks
SUNS DRAFT HISTORY: Ryan McDonough’s first-round picks
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