Suns draft pick
I think Marcus Smart might be a "smart" pick for the Suns if he is available. People are making too much of last years pick Kendall Marshall. I would start Dragic and Smart together, Dragic is a creative scorer so he could play off the ball. Smart is big enough to play d on the off guard. Both could bring the ball up to set up plays. Mclemore or Noel would be great picks also, but if Smart does fall to the Suns I think this could really be a huge deal.
BPA. They're not locked in at any position enough to NOT take whoever they think is the BPA at their slot.
What they need most is a star. Unfortunately for them, I don't think there is a star in this draft.
Thats the obvious conclussion that BPA is the best choice. I am saying that if Smart is there for them they shouldnt hesitate just because they took a pg last year. Although I have a feeling that the Suns may be in the running for Eric Gordon this summer. If this is the case I am hoping for Nerlins Noel. May 21st will tell who may be available for them. As for a star in this draft, this is one of those drafts that could yield some stars. They may not look like it now, but give it time. Too often I hear the weak draft talk, but until these guys play in the NBA you dont really know what you've got.
I agree that neither Dragic nor Marshall are good enough to not be displaced by a PG if they decide that a PG is the BPA at their slot. I do however disagree with Smart being good enough to go as high as he's projected to go, therefore I also disagree that he's a player who shouldn't be passed up if, say, the Suns get a top 3 pick. I'm not sold on his ability to play the point in the NBA. I'm not sold on his skill level or athleticism either.
I completely agree with your points on Smart. I see him as more of a combo guard than a point guard which is why I am not sold AT ALL on Orlando taking him to be their starting point guard for the future. However, Smart and Dragic are both ballers. Neither of them are true distributors nor are they true go to scorers. I see them playing together quite well kinda like Harden and Lin in Houston. Not necessarily on that level just how they would mesh.
Dont under-value Dragic...he is under-rated and still very young...I saw Marcus Smart play a couple times this year and was honestly not impressed at all...I think Noel, Zeller, or Shabazz makes more sense here.
^^^or even Mclemore if they can
I agree on Marcus Smart. People tend to get carried away during the Tourney, but people seem to forget that Smart is about 1.5 years younger than for example Trey Burke, who is very good himself.
He has the tools to be a very good player on both sides of the floor and that's invaluable. You can't learn his combination of physical tools, passing skills, basketball IQ and the ability to dominate on both sides of the floor. You can learn how to shoot, however.
Just an all-round impressive prospect with a skillset made to become big time in the NBA.