As far as two way combo guards go Dante Exum is dripping with intrigue, but does the Suns' interest in the unique prospect have any chance of coming to fruition?


Hometown: Melbourne, Australia

High School: Australian Institute of Sport

Born: July 13, 1995

Height: 6' 6"

Weight: 196 pounds

Wingspan: 6' 9.5"

Standing Reach: 8' 7"

Body Fat %: 6.4

No Step Vertical: 31.5"

Max Vertical: 34.5"

Draft Predictions

Draft Express: 4


Hoops Hype: 4

NBA Draft Insider: 4

Chad Ford's Big Board: 4

In fact, curated the online mock drafts and Exum was predicted to go fourth in 10 of the 12 mocks. That would seem to make him a virtual lock to the Orlando Magic, but who knows after last season's flummery...

Scouting Report

Comparisons: Anfernee Hardaway, Michael Carter-Williams

Exum has the potential to be a dynamic defender. His quickness and lateral movement enables him to stay with smaller point guards while his size gives him the versatility to defend at the two or three. His size also helps him rebound the ball well at both ends of the court.

Exum's size and reach allow him to finish at the rim against larger defenders. Exum may also be able to exploit matchups against smaller point guards with his promising post up game. He has demonstrated the ability to score and distribute out of the post.

Exum has the ability to score in the post, on isolation plays, running the pick and roll and in transition, making him a very protean and potent offensive threat. Exum has shown the ability to be a volume scorer and fits the Suns mold of moving the ball in transition. Exum can very easily pick up a steal or rebound and go coast-to-coast for a fastbreak layup at the other end.

Overall, Exum has a very good feel for the game with great court vision, basketball IQ and live game instincts.

Many of Exum's flaws are the kind that tend to be concomitant with the inexperience of youth. Exum still needs a lot of work with his shot and makes questionable decisions on the offensive end, which results in him forcing up bad shots and turning over the ball at a high rate. Exum really struggles to shoot off the dribble and has a flat shot trajectory at times.

Some doubt Exum's ability to run the point at the next level, since his skill set doesn't necessarily fit the prototypical point guard mold. Exum also still needs to build up his strength, but has already made the jump from 188 pounds at his weigh in at the Hoop Summit to 196 when he weighed in at the NBA Draft Combine. Considering he's only 18 years old this isn't really much of an issue.


At the FIBA Under-19 World Championship that was held from June 27 - July 27, 2013 Exum exploded in the Final Round to help lead his team to fourth place in the tournament. Exum scored 33 points and tallied four assists in an upset of Spain in the quarterfinals and again led his team in points (21) and assists (4) in a close lose to Serbia in the semifinals. In the bronze medal game Exum finished with 28 points and five assists in an overtime loss to Lithuania.

In all, Exum averaged 24.8 points and 5.1 assists per 40 minutes at the tournament.  He also showed the ability to get to the line with 9.6 free throw attempts per 40 minutes, but unfortunately only converted at a 60.9% rate. He will need to work on that, along with his shooting stroke in general. Exum's performance earned him a selection on the All-Tournament Team.

Unfortunately, Exum doesn't have a plump portfolio of play against top flight competition to allow for further scrutinization. Exum has limited exposure to playing in highly talented environments and elected not to play basketball for almost a year leading up to the draft.

On an interesting note, Dante's father, Cecil, played on the 1982 North Carolina Tarheels National Championship team alongside Sam Perkins, James Worthy and Michael Jordan.


Is Dante Exum attainable?

Probably not.

In fact, I probably wouldn't be doing this profile if the Suns hadn't made the interesting decision to make Exum one of their 18 player interviews out of the 60 players at the NBA Draft Combine. Dave King covered this development back before the draft lottery selection in May.

Exum appears to be the exact type of player that Ryan McDonough is obsessed enamored with, a young combo guard with upside and potential that may even exceed that of the players in his current backcourt.

However, it is one thing to covet and another to obtain. It just doesn't seem too realistic that the Suns can move up to a position to be able to draft Exum, especially without sacrificing assets that make the team worse in the short term.

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Patric Young is not only the most physically impressive player in the draft, he is also a great post defender and rebounder. The Suns just so happen to need help in both of those areas...could Patric Young be a late first round target?

Patric Young is one of the more intriguing prospects in this year's draft.  He's been mocked anywhere from the late first to early second round, but his buzz has been increasing lately, and his stock seems to be rising after testing well at the NBA Draft Combine.

So who exactly is Patric Young as a person and a player, and why would the Suns want to consider drafting him?


Height: 6'10"

Weight: 247 lbs

Age: 22 years old

Wingspan: 7'1.75"

Standing Reach: 8'7.5" (tied shortest among PF/C)

Max Vertical: 37.5" (tied 2nd highest among PF/C)

Standing Vertical: 32" (3rd highest among PF/C)

Lane Agility: 11.18 sec (3rd best among PF/C)


BSOTS Exclusive Interview With Dave King

On what skills he can bring to the Suns more than other players:

"I think with my maturity, my work ethic, and attitude...I think I can just bring some good chemistry to a team, and just be a low maintenance guy, a guy that's going to be coachable, and come in and be reliable for the coaches.  So if I can come in and be a guy they just need to defend and rebound, they know they can count on me to do that day in and day out."

On his ability to play pick and roll defense:

"I think in life it's very hard to become an expert at something.  I think I've developed to a level where I'm very good at understanding pick and roll defense, but I'm always willing to learn and wanting to get better at it because I know that no one's going to get something right 100% of the time, so I just want to minimize that percentage of the time that I'm going to get it wrong."

Expert Analysis

Kyle Nelson, Draft Express:

Young is ultimately a puzzling prospect. He has lottery-caliber physical tools and is an elite defensive prospect, but possesses very little in the ways of an offensive game. He is one of the best offensive rebounders in the draft and one of its worst defensive rebounders. Yet, by all accounts Young has excellent intangibles and is the type of player who should have little trouble fitting into most NBA locker rooms.

Rick Fois,

Young's best attributes are clearly on the defensive side. A great competitor, he makes it difficult for every post opponent to catch it on the block. He is a very good P&R defender, showing hard but also able to switch when needed. The other valuable aspect of his game is the weak side defense, he has a great IQ and feeling for the game, often in the right spot for blocks or charges. Needs to improve his free throw percentages and build a reliable go to move, at the very least. He will never be a scorer, but needs to improve to be at least a threat .

Kris Habbas,

One of the biggest strengths for Young is strength. He is not another athletic tweener, he is a big strong athlete at the forward/center position. Young is an undersized center, but that is not a drawback since the center position is watered down. Defensively Young is good in both man-to-man settings and as a weak side shot-blocker. Young has a few things going in his favor. He has NBA strength, athleticism, and defense on his side. His limitations on offense will be solved by good coaching and elite point guard play at the next level. Young is a very good prospect that will not change the stars of a struggling franchise, but has the ability to be a very valuable player on any team.

My Take

Young was one of the premier post defenders in college, and a very good offensive rebounder as well.  As a center, what he gives up in height (6'10") and his low standing reach he makes up for with his unbelievable strength, and outstanding athleticism for a guy his size. In fact, his 37.5" max vertical at the combine was second only to Aaron Gordon (39.5") among the big men...and his lane agility time was also impressive, showing that he has good lateral quickness as well.

His size, strength, athleticism, and ability to defend could help him make an immediate contribution to the Suns...even in limited minutes as a rookie.  He knows how to use his physique and strength to his advantage by taking up space and playing physically down low.  His offensive game is definitely a work in progress, and he may not ever develop into much of a scoring threat beyond dunks and put backs, but he seems like a smart guy with a great work ethic, so you never know.

All in all, I think Patric Young possesses many of the traits, skills, and characteristics to be a solid rotational big man in the league.  He also has a great work ethic, high-character, and is a smart player which are all very desirable traits when making the transition to the NBA.  If he's still available at #27 and the Suns haven't traded away their pick to get a higher selection, I believe Patric Young should and will get serious consideration.

By the way, his first workout was with the Suns this past week.  Judging by the picture, he certainly hasn't been missing any time in the gym:

Florida's Patric Young needs to get in the weight room if he wants to get drafted.

— Doug Haller (@DougHaller) May 29, 2014

Practice jersey or not...he does look good in orange, doesn't he?

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