Before the NBA season began, we looked at potential options for the Phoenix Suns in the 2018 NBA draft, according to NBA mock drafts.
Now that we’re almost a month into the season, what has changed?
Recent NBA mock drafts have the Suns selecting lower than preseason ones did, due to their 5-9 start to the season.
Another difference? Deandre Ayton, Marvin Bagley III and Michael Porter, Jr. were hot picks for Phoenix entering the season. Now, many mock drafts have the Suns taking different players.
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Check out which players could be wearing a Suns uniform next season, according to the most recent 2018 NBA mock drafts.
SI.com: Suns go with Texas freshman center Mohamed Bamba at No. 5
Jeremy Woo writes: “Bamba rounds out the top five, boasting off-the-charts length and defensive potential. At 7’0” with a 7’9” wingspan, he’s as projectable as they come and has just begun to scrape at what he could be. Presumably, Texas will showcase him as a rim-runner and screener on offense, and while he’s still a bit of a work in progress, Bamba is a bit further along than he’s given credit for. He will need to demonstrate a consistent willingness to compete and stay involved offensively. How Bamba’s slender frame fills out will have a bearing on his long-term ceiling. On his defensive gifts and rebounding ability alone, he has a chance to play his way into the top three.”
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fanragsports.com: Suns select Alabama freshman guard Collin Sexton at No. 6
Daniel O’Brien writes: “It’s been a roller coaster week for Sexton. On Monday, Alabama announced that the freshman point guard is one of 32 players who are not yet cleared to play due to the FBI’s ongoing investigation into corruption in college basketball. Then the school announced on Thursday that he’ll sit out only one game. That’s awesome news for the Crimson Tide backcourt. It’s also good news for scouts who are eager to watch him against top-shelf competition. From what we’ve seen from his high school and international exploits, he has the moves and mental makeup to become a lead guard in the NBA. Sexton has the strength, shiftiness and creativity to instantly add electricity to the Suns’ Eric Bledsoe-less guard corps.”
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sportingnews.com: Suns go with Michigan State freshman forward Jaren Jackson at No. 6
Chris Stone writes: “At 6-11, Jaren Jackson has the potential to be the 3-point shooting and rim-protecting center that most big men can only dream about. He made 41.6 percent of his 3s on 6.4 attempts per 40 minutes during Nike EYBL last summer.Jackson is incredibly talented, but keep an eye on how many minutes he gets this season. Michigan State’s frontcourt is loaded with returning, experienced players who could steal some minutes from the team’s top NBA prospect.”
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Bleacher Report: Suns select Michigan State sophomore power forward Miles Bridges at No. 7
Jonathan Wasserman writes: “Miles Bridges should be a lock for lottery looks after positioning himself for them last year. It’s tough to beat his mix of power and explosiveness, which will continue translating to easy baskets around the rim. But whether he can justify being picked this high will come down to his skill development with his shot-creating and shooting. Between his shot-making, physicality and ability to guard bigs or wings, the Jae Crowder comparison could build steam.”
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fansided.com: Suns take Bamba at No. 5
Bendon Kleen writes: “Bamba will be tested early, with Texas facing a difficult non-conference schedule early in the year. Before they even think about Kansas or Baylor, they will play Butler, Duke, VCU, Michigan and Alabama. Bamba has the physique of Rudy Gobert, plays in defensive guru Shaka Smart’s system, and has enormous offensive potential far higher than what Gobert has put together.”
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nbadraft.net: Suns pick Bamba at No. 5
mynbadraft.com: Suns take Duke freshman power forward/center Marvin Bagley III at No. 2
tankathon.com: Suns pick Kentucky freshman guard Hamidou Diallo at No. 11
metro.us.com: Suns take Kentucky freshman forward Kevin Knox at No. 5
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