What will the suns look to do this Draft day ?
I really have no idea. They are about to just blow the team up, aren't they? I don't have a clue and Kerr is hard to read. Shaq and Nash are old and off the books soon, Amare might be gone if he doesn't get hurt, and...I really have no idea. Point guard?
last time they worked out robin lopez and was really high on him. and after that workout, we were pretty sure they'd take robin with the 15th pick. so i guess let's just wait for who they workout this time.
they definitely want Johnny Flynn this player will blossom in there system, maybe someone like indiana or the bucks will take him but im pretty sure hes goin to phoneix
I think you guys should look at the history of your owner, Robert Sarver, who literally gave away 4 or 5 number one draft choices the last 5 to 6 years. He did it to save money. Incredibly, his stupidity flew in under the radar and wasn't attacked by the Phoenix press. If this happened in NY, the owner would have been headline news every day of the week.
I don't know what his problem is, but people should go back and see how he ruined the future of the Phoenix franchise.
Just imagine what your team would have looked like if he kept the majority of those draft choices.
With all the talk from Kerr, Griffin, and Gentry about the guy we draft not getting a lot of playing time this season, I think we draft somewhat of a project/potential type player. Of course I think all these comments could be to take pressure off of the draft pick after making the Suns fans expect too much from Lopez and Dragic in their rookie years.
I see the Suns taking on of the following players in this order:
1) Earl Clark- With Grant Hill and Matt Barnes both likely leaving via free agency this off season, the Suns have only Jared Dudley left at small forward. Clark is long, athletic, runs the floor well, can shoot the ball well, rebounds well for a small forward, and has the ability to be a good defender. Clark has a very high ceiling and could be a very good player for the Suns for a long time.
2) Jonny Flynn- Although the Suns drafted Gragic last year, who showed some promise near the end of the season, Nash can't be around forever. Flynn is extremely quick, athletic, plays the pick and roll well, and is a fairly good on the ball defender. His outside shot needs to improve, but players like Aaron Brooks and Chris Paul have showed that Flynn's size shouldn't be a huge issue. With Flynn shooting up the draft boards, I don't see him lasting until pick 14.
3) Austin Daye- If the comments are sincere about the draftee not getting much time this coming season then Daye could very well be the pick if the comments of the rookie not expected to get any p.t. are sincere. Daye is long, athletic, and very skilled. He can shoot the ball extremely well for a guy his size, but he is disgustingly skinny. Unless he puts on some weight and gets stronger there is no way he will have any sort of inside presence. He has the ability to be special, but has a very long way to go to get there.
4) DeJuan Blair- Blair would be the safe unsexy pick. If the Suns indeed want to get stronger and more physical than Blair would obviously be a great pick. He isn't the athlete as some of the others here, but he has a big body and knows how to use it to get in proper position to dominate the offensive and defensive glass. His weight and lack of height is a concern, but his long wing span helps east those a bit.
5) B.J. Mullens- This is the long shot pick. I don't think the Suns will draft another Center this year, but it's hard to argue with Mullens potential. Although B.J. had a very disappointing freshman campaign at OSU, he is one of the most athletically gifted 7 footer you will ever see. This is another guy who won't make much of an impact for the first couple of years, but if he is motivated and coached well then watch out.
Eric Maynor, James Johnson, Gani Lawal, and Tyreke Evans are all possibilities as well.
I like Blair, but I'm not sure his ceiling is as low as everybody seems to think. The admittedly few times I have seen him play, I have been really impressed by his energy. He reminds me of those guys in football that are described as "high motor." If he brings this passion to his off court work, he could be something special. If not, he could be Oliver Miller.
I would add Jeff Teague to the mix as a point guard candidate and James Johnson at forward -- two young guys with tons of potential - if somewhat more risky than Blair.
Although they need players on every position except SG, picking Clarke or Daye makes the most sense in my opinion.
Dragic was disappointing last season but he has a contract till 2011 and it would be difficult to move him, a PG would only make sense if he had the quality to step in for Nash next year but there will be no one of such a calibre available at #14.As someone has already mentioned, giving away so many draft picks in recent years now starts to haunt the Suns and the expected further decline of Nash and Shaq might get them in some serious trouble this season but they will be able to rebuild next year.
A pg or Dejaun Blair if he's still on the board. I think that's what it comes down too.
I believe they have to move up that’s means trading Nash.To me they have to rebuild all over and that stars at the point guard position. They should draft Jonny Flynn or maybe Jrue Holiday. Also Andre Miller is Fa they should take a look at that.
They need Tyreke Evans...Take Evans and let him learn under Nash
Trade Amare Stoudemire. I have a trade....
http://games.espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=nufqtp ( this trade would include Swapping picks)
then before the season trade deadline...deal Nash
7th pick-Tyreke Evans
Every time teams try to trade their goods players they get unequal value. The trade has to come to them first .Anyway, the Suns should draft a point guard Ty Lawson, There might be highed skilled guards available but he knows how to push the ball up court with quickness which is the system they play.It doesnt make sense to give away their big contracts because they expire soon. They have a great team, with the right coach they can go far into the playoffs.
PG- Nash, Lawson
SG- Dragic, (He is a shooting guard not point, that is why he underperformed), Barbosa( to come of bench with energy)
SF- Richardson- GHILL, hopefully they can resign( he wont repeat last years performance but will be effective)
PF- Amare- Amundson
C- Shaq- R.Lopez( he will improve a lot this year)
Coach, uptempo offense , ZONE defense is a must
ok...if you want the suns to be lottery team again...keep that team together
The only reason they werent in the playoffs was because the coaching and because they were missing a superstat at the end of the season, IF any team had a loss like that the season would be over
Maybe they can make a trade for Blake Griffin. Amare Stodamire is getting bashed not just by the coaches, but by the owner of the Suns. They say he doesn't want to play defence and he just wants to score. I say trade him to a team that wants a scorer. He can do both. Just because he wants to score does not mean he doesn't want to play defence. Trade him and whoever else the clippers want for Blake Griffin. The only problem is that the Clippers don't want to make the playoffs. They like being the loveable losers. That is what sucks about this draft is that they are going to get a great player in Griffin and they are going to ruin him. Why not let trade the Clippers all of the Suns headaches, except Shaq. I think Griffin and Lopez could be a great combo in the future.
Didnt the Magic lose an all star point guard and have this concerning coaching dilemma? ( master of panic, etc)(I personally think Stan Van is a good coach but one could argue.)Coulda sworn they had a good season regardless and arent they in the finals? seems pretty good to me
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With Dwight Howard’s status still in flux (back), a reasonable camp showing should be enough for Sacre to make it to opening night.