Keeping in mind the Suns Franchise style of play of fast paced offense, who should the Suns pick with their #13 Pick?
The NBA combine is over and the lottery order has been set. The Phoenix Suns ended with the pick everyone excepted them to have the 13th pick. An article earlier in the week detailed who the Suns top prospects would be regardless of where they were picking. But, now that we know 100% (unless there is a draft day trade) where the Suns are going to draft it's time to dive into the top five prospects within the Suns reach. The Suns style typically consists of fast, athletic players who can shoot.
DX profile here (ranked #18)
What Bobby Portis lacks in explosiveness he makes up for in his endless motor and hustle. He likes to get out and run the floor using his great mobility. He gets out in front of defenses and finishes in transition. Portis rolls to the rim hard on pick and rolls creating space for the guard to either hit him on the role or score. He also has the body control to drive to the basket from the perimeter effectively. Portis crashes the offensive boards hard averaging 4.5 offensive boards per game in college, however he needs to work on his defensive rebounding. Portis could fill the stretch four role the Suns love to have. He shot 41 percent on all jump shots last year, including 43.5% from mid-range. He didn't take many threes last year, only 0.8 per game but he connected on 46.7% of his attempts. He also shot 73.7% from the free throw line. To go along with his jump shot he has a solid post game but not an elite post game.
DX profile here (ranked #12)
Devin Booker is one of the best shooters in this draft class which, is the main reason he fits the Suns play style so well. He shot 41% from three and 83% from the free throw line during his only year at Kentucky. Booker has good size for the shooting guard position which will help him shoot over defenders. He isn't the most explosive player but registered a solid 34.5 inch max vertical at the combine. Booker will be a good option for spot up transition threes. Booker is also the youngest player in this draft class, he won't turn 19 October 30th, which gives him plenty of time to develop into becoming a better overall basketball player in the league.
DX profile here (ranked #16)
Sam Dekker is one of the most versatile players in the 2015 draft class. He has the ability to soar for a rebound, take it coast to coast, and finish with a dunk or a smart pass to a teammate for an assist. He is a great slasher and has the potential to become a good spot up shooter; he is inconsistent at times. He shot 33.1% from deep last season. When he drives he doesn't show premier ball handling, mostly using straight line drives, but he takes care of the ball only averaging 0.9 turnovers per game and has the ability to find open teammates. His 8'10 standing reach combined with his 34.5" max vertical allows him to be an above the rim athlete who will thrive in a transition offense like the Suns.
DX profile here (ranked #11)
Myles Turner isn't the best transition player, in thirty-four games he only made five out of thirteen field goals in transition. However, Myles Turner could still be very effective in the Suns offense as the trailing big man who can hit the three. He has a long frame with a 9'5 standing reach, don't except many defenders to be able to block his jump shot. He has a good face up game and will help space the floor. Turner is a great shot blocker and rebounder who could become a good two way player in the league, however he needs to add some weight if he doesn't want to be pushed around.
DX profile here (ranked #15)
Jerian Grant has great size for a point guard and is a good athlete as well, he has a very quick first step and uses his speed to get out in transition. He is an excellent passer (6.6 apg) who works well in the pick and roll with his ability to change speeds. He is an unselfish player who looks for the open man. He has the ability to create his own shot and hit the deep ball although he needs to improve his consistency, he only shot 31.7% from three his senior season at Norte Dame. His explosiveness vertically is also underrated. I however don't think he has a problem in that category, just check out the gif below.
These are the top prospects around the #13 pick from each position for the Suns' style of play. Notable players left off the list include Tyus Jones, Kelly Oubre, Frank Kaminsky and Trey Lyles.
The NBA Lottery was held in New York on Tuesday... and it turns out the Lakers are luckier than the Suns. Shocker. Now that the Suns are picking #13 (again) it's time to turn to the prospects.
Sean Sullivan joins the show to play the role of resident draft expert.
Sean has almost as much draft knowledge in his pinkie finger as I do in my entire body. Actually, Sean is a pretty big dude... so his pinkie finger is almost as big as my whole body.
But what I lack in size I make up for in... something I'm sure.
As far as the show goes... we discuss:
Lon Babby's expiring contract and the job security of the front office and coach.
How T.J. Warren, P.J. Tucker and the Morris brothers might affect the team's draft and free agency plans.
The draft combine and mock drafts.
The top ten moments of the Seven Seconds or Less era rolls on with no. 7, when Grant Hill taught Jerryd Bayless to respect his elders.
We here at Bright Side of the Sun will be kicking off our summertime Throwback Thursday series a bit early as we pay homage to the great Seven Seconds or Less era of the Phoenix Suns in light of the recent retirement of legendary maestro Steve Nash. Join us every Thursday as we count down the top ten moments of high-octane glory from Nash's return to the desert in 2004 to their final playoff run in 2010.
And yes, the Shaquille O'Neal chapter will properly omitted.
Check out the previous installments here:
#10: Nash drops 22 dimes on LeBron's Cavs
#8: Nash and Kidd battle to the death
Which brings us to #7...
The Time: April 29, 2010
The Place: The Rose Garden, Portland, OR
There are some players that get under your skin because, aside from their varying personality disorders, are also extremely good at basketball. James Harden, Manu Ginobili and Russell Westbrook qualify for this category.
Then there is an additional tier of annoying twerps that are somehow even more annoying for the fact that they are just not that good at NBA basketball in the first place, yet somehow this does nothing to dissuade them from pretending to be superstars. The first player to come to mind here is Jerryd Bayless.
The University of Arizona product was selected 11th in the 2008 NBA Draft by the Indiana Pacers and then dealt to the Portland Trail Blazers in a largely inconsequential trade involving a who's who of journeyman role players such as Jarrett Jack and Ike Diogu.
He was a combo guard that scored 20 PPG with the Wildcats, but aside from the occasional moderate scoring burst he has offered little value in the NBA and hence has already played for six teams in his seven seasons at the time of this article.
His limitations as a pro were already glaringly obvious during his sophomore season with the Blazers, but that didn't stop him from engaging in such grandstanding behavior as posing after making a three and screaming like a hyena after hitting a layup.
He was in rather dire need of a lesson in humility, and who better to deliver such a lesson than the three-time winner of the NBA Sportsmanship Award, 37-year-old Grant Hill.
Following their improbable late-season climb up the standings that culminated in a third seed, the Phoenix Suns began the 2010 playoffs matched up with the sixth-seeded Blazers and a hobbled Brandon Roy.
The Blazers stole a win in a lackluster game one, which prompted the Suns to respond by delivering blowout victories in three of the next four games in the series, with Portland sneaking in another win in game four.
Tempers had flared on a few occasions, as often happens during any 7-game series. The Blazers had to stomach an embarrassing beatdown at home in game three as Jason Richardson went nuclear, dropping 42 points. There was an allegation that Amar'e Stoudemire intentionally bumped the injured shoulder of Nicolas Batum whilst adjusting his goggles (no, really), prompting Batum to give the Apostrophe the ol' Frenchman shove.
The Blazers were a young, sometimes immature team punctuated by the preening, posturing antics of Bayless, who thought himself an important enough player to stare down the Phoenix crowd whenever the possibility arose. The Suns, on the other hand, were a veteran team that had done this plenty of times before and obviously were looking to fry bigger fish than the Blazers.
So the stage was set for game six in Portland with the Blazers facing elimination.
The Blazers trailed the Suns 53-41 as the first half came to a close. The ball was swung to Bayless on the perimeter. Fellow NBA sophomore Goran Dragic executed what might have been the worst closeout of the season and Bayless easily dribbled past the Slovenian and saw nothing but wide-open lane.
One hard dribble and Jerryd took flight.
Grant Hill, always alert on defense, quickly helped off of LaMarcus Aldridge and met Bayless at the summit, swatting the feeble dunk attempt away with his left hand before uncharacteristically offering a few words to the brash youngun'.
(Note: To our newer Suns fans, that thing bringing the ball up the court following the block was called an "Earl Clark")
Bayless responded incredulously, although the block was as clean as they come. As he stood with his palms facing the sky, perhaps it wasn't the referees he was pleading his case to, but God himself, for delivering such a harsh smiting at the hands of His preferred smiter, Grant Hill.
Making matters worse, it wasn't even the first time in that series that Hill had murdered a Bayless shot attempt.
The Suns went on to win the game and the series, 99-90. Jason Richardson continued his torment of Portlandia, pumping in 28 clutch points on 16 shots. Roy and Aldridge combined to go 9/33 from the field. Bayless went 4/12, but learned a valuable lesson.
In a postgame interview with Eddie Johnson, Hill joked that Bayless was "trying to disrespect his elders" and added "I won the Sportsmanship Award [...], I think I said something to him, but the award is already mine so they can't take it back."
Phoenix misses you, Grant Hill.