Who are the Phoenix Suns looking at with #14?
Who do you see them taking assuming everyone is back?
Hopefully a 3 or 4 guy early.
I'd take a hard look at Adreian Payne though. He just became more valuable in that 14-20 range now that WCS and Harrell are returning.
Where does Payne fit in with the twins? He is a very similar player to Markieff who is probably a top 3 finisher in the 6th man race this season. Marcus is more of a combo than a pure 4, but he's still a guy who can log minutes at power forward. Frye is under contract for next season and Plumlee is a 4/5 combo.
Pheonix seems to have kind of a crowded house at the 4...not a good landing spot for Payne IMO. They have kind of a versitile lineup that can put a lot of different looks on the court, and Adreian just seems to be another version of the look Kieff Morris gives them.
This site has them taking Nik Stauskas and I like that call. He can shoot, score, and is a crafty player who can do some Manu type things. Put him at the 2 with a traditional lineup of Dragic and Gerald Green on the perimeter or have him be a super sub sixth man.
He's a legit shooting guard and the Suns kind of need someone at that spot to pair with Gerald Green.
James Young would be a nice player to look at but he might not be there. I also think that Nik gives them a sort of different skill set.
I also like the Nik pick considering they have two other first rounders.
At 17, I was thinking they could go big with WCS or Montrezl Harrell but those two guys are going back to school. I am thinking Shabazz Napier with that pick. Yeah, they already have two awesome point guards/combo guards, but why not build on your strengths? With the additions of Nik and Napier this Suns team will be able to run and score for 48 minutes a night. I think Shabazz could play with either Dragic or Bledsoe. If you have their normal starting backcourt with Gerald Green at the 3 then you are looking at Shabazz Napier and Stauskas off the bench. I like that.
DeAndre Daniels, Cleanthony Early, and Adreian Payne are my backup plans at 17.
Then at 27, if Daniels, or Early, or Payne are there I am going with them. They already have the Morris Twins and Gerald Green but you can always use some guys like Daniels and Early.
At 27, I think the Suns should go big. If Payne is there he is the guy to get. 17 might be too high for Payne, but he would have a lot of value at 27 especially since I think he can play the 5 as well as the power forward spot. If Payne is not there, I would go with Jarnell Stokes as power forward depth. The team needs some toughness inside and a guy to bang with the Z Bo's of the world. I like Stokes for that. He can also rebound, and has been working on a floater and a Euro Step.
I wouldn't address the guard spot with my early pick because they are very deep at the 2. I would understand if it's a projected lotto PG to fall into their lap, then possibly pull the trigger but I feel as if they can wait to address the guard situation since the bigs are scarce in the mid-late first round.
Nik Stauskas, Rodney Hood, maybe P.J hairston sometime in the draft?
here's my draft strategy for phoenix.
2014 free agents: bledsoe, tucker
2015 free agents: frye, morris twins, green, dragic (player option)
assumption: i think they'll use okafor's contract to bring back bledsoe.
2014-2015 roster: dragic, bledsoe, green, frye, plumlee with len, morris twins, goodwin, ishe smith on the bench
14 - use this pick to replace tucker. sg or sf. with depth, go potential first (james young, zach lavine, aaron gordon). if all gone, go stauskas, hood, warren, mcdermott or anderson. whichever is best fit.
17 - i'd go big here. capela would be a good option to play overseas and come in as a role player, future starting pf. payne would be a good option and they could try to move frye's expiring contract at the all-star break to free up minutes.
27 - pg or sg - if dragic puts together another great year, he's going to opt out in 2015. the suns can either move bledsoe to pg or leave him at sg. andrew harrison would be good size compliment for a pg. micic is another euro option can stay overseas a year. jordan adams, pj hairston or mario hezonja would be good compliment shooters for bledsoe at the pg. adams or hairston if they go potential pick at 14 since they can play minutes right away. herozonja if they go with someone ready to play right away at 14 and he can stay overseas (espn shows he declared).
I just don't see many other teams chasing PJ Tucker. He is an important glue guy. I think the Suns will resign him.
Is Gerald Green a 2 guard or a small forward? I am under the impression that he is a 3 but if a great small forward is on the board at 14 they might want to look there.
... James Young is a player I like a lot in the teens but he might be off the board by then. Also don't know if he is a 2 or 3. I think Stausakas would be a better complement to Green than Young would be. That being said, James Young would be a heck of a pick too.
The Suns biggest need might be power forward, so I mentioned that it stinks for Suns fans that Montrezl Harrell and Willie Cauley-Stein went back to school.
The Suns almost have to take Aaron Gordon if he is still on the board.
Other than that there aren't many bigs out there, except for Adreian Payne, and I am wondering if 14 or 17 is too high for him. So at 27 if Payne isn't there I think they should look at Jarnell Stokes. If Alex Poythress comes out I would even look at him at either 27 or 44. Decent size and I think he has upside left.
Other players for them to look at would be Cleanthony Early as a solid all-around 3 even though some say he is a tweener. DeAndre Daniels is a stretch four who would give them another long, athletic shooter to pair with Gerald Green.
My top list of guys for them at either of their first round picks would be Stauskas, Napier, Young, Early, and Daniels. My second list of guys would be Payne and Stokes (primarily for the 27th pick). Then after that I would have Poythress and DeAndre Kane as two solid picks at 44.
I would even go with Patric Young as high as 27 on their board. He has LEGIT power forward size even if he lacks a refined offensive game. He is big enough to play some center, too, which I like. He just looks like a classic banger type who can rebound and finish strong. If he is still on the board at 44, then I really like Patric Young with that pick.
As a Suns fan, I would try to build on the team's strengths, get guys who fit, and then add a big man somewhere down the line. I would pick between Payne, Stokes, Patric Young, or Alex Poythress but no higher than 27.
Walter Tavares is 7'3 and is listed as a late second rounder, so they probably need to look at him too.
If there aren't any quality bigs left at 44, I would try to trade that pick to Philly for picks at 51 and 57. ... if the Suns don't get Napier in the first round, I would look at Aaron Craft at 51 or 57. Tough, scrappy player who can run the offense and defend. The Suns have plenty of scorers, and Craft is a guy who doesn't need to score to be effective.
if james young enters the draft and he's avaiable the suns should get him.
I think their biggest need is at the 3, especially with Tucker hitting restricted free agency. In that range I like McDermott, Warren, or Kyle Anderson if you want to play him at that position as their best options.
Assuming we keep all three picks I would love Saric, Micic, and Taveras with our picks. I would also be cool with Young, Stauskas, Kyle Anderson and a plethora of other wings at 14 if Saric is taken or withdraws again. The only wing I'm not a big fan of in that range is TJ Warren really.
I think the Suns should take a serious look at Capella with one of their 1st rounders... his end to end speed would be great in their system and he would provide some interior defense that they desperatly need.
I imagine the Suns take the player they feel is most talented with all their picks. The Suns have young capable guys at each spot I don't see them limiting themselves by taking a lesser talent who fits a postional need. The only spot I'd seem them not looking at in the first round is probably point guard since they have Dragic and (will almost surely keep) Bledsoe.
They already have both Morris brothers... the last thing they need is another combo forward in the same mold. They'd better grab the best pure player available. Even if it's Stauskas.
KJ McDaniels is one of the players Ryan McDonough will look out in the workouts for sure.
Other prospects I like for my Suns are Nik Stauskas, Mario Hezonja (if he declares), Doug McDermott, James Young, Aaron Gordon, Adreian Payne, Dario Saric and Zach LaVine.
Dario Saric would be a great stash prospect for Phoenix then they can get an NBA ready role player later in the draft or use the picks they have to try and move up.
Phoenix currently have 14th, 17th and 27th pick. For the purpose of this post I'll assume they use all 3 picks from their current positions and don't try to move up.
I'd look for a European stasher with 27th pick as the team is still young and had a couple of rookies this year and so two more would seem a solid number for next year.
The frontcourt looks quite solid if we assume that Frye opts in and also Alex Len 5th pick last year needs to see playing time. So I'd be looking at SF maybe even if we assume that Tucker resigns and we also I'll assume that Bledsoe stays so I'd perhaps be looking for more of a PG with the other pick.
Zach LaVine has fallen down the mock boards recently so would be a solid pick up with either 14th or 17th pick as I see him as a lottery level talent. Doug McDermott would be an ideal bench guy and I'd be happy to use either 14th or 17th on him. Dario Saric would give a nice size option at SF and could be worth a very close look at as could Shabazz Napier who has come off a great season with UConn.
They should select a guard with size and the ability to play both wings.