In a surprise, the Phoenix Suns took the best pure point in the draft.


Tyler Ennis

School: Syracuse

Position: Point Guard

Draft Range: Draft Express - 16, NBA Draft Insider - 22, - 25, ESPN - 16




  • Height: 6'1" without shoes, 6'2.5" in shoes
  • Weight: 182 pounds
  • Wingspan: 6' 7.25"
  • Standing Reach: 8' 2"

Combine Numbers

  • Maximum Vertical Leap: 36.0"
  • Lane Agility: 11.12 seconds
  • 3/4 Court Sprint: 3.30 seconds
  • Shuttle Run: 2.84 seconds

The Buzz

Tyler Ennis is the purest pure point guard to cross the Suns' draft board since Kendall Marshall.  At age 20, he is already regarded as a cerebral and unflappable floor general with a killer instinct.  While not a potent scorer, he has shown he is willing to step up and take the big shot if the right distribution opportunity doesn't present itself.  In Syracuse's zone scheme, he was a disruptive ball hawk, averaging over 2 steals per game. Could Tyler Ennis be the next Hall of Fame Phoenix Suns' point guard?

The Offense

Tyler Ennis runs the game.  He is a confident and mature leader who dictates the pace from the point position.  Excellent court vision and a top-notch handle allowed Ennis to average 5.5 assists per game versus 1.7 turnovers in 35.7 minutes of play per game.  That's an average of one turnover every 21 minutes.  That's mad ball control.  There is little doubt that as a game manager and passer, Ennis has the skills to succeed at the next level.  In addition to his gifts as a passer, Ennis will come into the NBA with lots of pick and roll experience under his belt, thanks to Syracuse's P and R heavy offense.

Ennis is confident if inconsistent shooter.  He showed some range in college, but averaged a middling 35.3% from beyond the arc and an even less encouraging 42.9% inside it.  That low shooting percentage has as much to do with his inability to finish inside the paint as it does with any issues with his jumper.  Lacking elite speed or strength, Ennis struggles to get to the rim.  While that's a problem that might resolve itself with training and conditioning, it will also certainly be exploited by taller and faster NBA defenders.

The Defense

In Syracuse's zone defense, Ennis was a terror.  His lengthy reach allowed him to force turnovers at the rate of 2.1 steals per game.  What's encouraging is that those long arms will follow him to the NBA.  What's less encouraging is that no one can be sure how that propensity to wreak havoc will translate to the man-on-man world of the NBA.  Again, his lack of upper echelon speed and strength will cast into sharp relief among the world class athletes of the NBA.

Overall and Fit for the Suns

One thing that everyone gushes about when it comes to Tyler Ennis is his intelligence.  The words "coachable", "cerebral", and even "sponge" come up over and over again.  So do words like "mature" and "confident."  Those are all words I like to hear.  It's possible that paired with the right coach or system, Ennis could improve his jump-shooting, defense and strength to the point where he is a complete player as well as passer.  It's also possible he's Kendall Marshall 2.0.

That's not really as big a knock on him as it might seem.  Thanks to his passing, Kendall Marshall will probably have a fair and potentially long NBA career ('Sup, Penny?).  And I think that's Tyler Ennis' floor.  If he develops into a reliable perimeter shooter or crafty penetrator (Steve Nash, anyone?), his ceiling is much much higher.  Ennis could end up being a steal in the middle of the first round.

Of course, anyone with upside is a potential steal at that point in the draft.  It's what makes the draft so enticing.  I could seen Ennis as a change of pace guard backing up Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe and would almost certainly be a better facilitator than Ish Smith.  As a point guard prospect though, I'd rather see the Suns make a run at Elfrid Payton, despite Ennis' considerable intangibles.

What do you think?  Is Tyler Ennis worth a pick ahead of Payton?  Should the Suns even use one of their 3 first round picks to draft a point guard?

PHOENIX — The Suns kept their promise and selected N.C. State Wolfpack swingman TJ Warren with the 14th selection in the NBA draft. “It’d be hard not to be impressed,” Suns GM...

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Wow. Wow wow wow.

Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports posted a mock draft today, and in there he dropped a little Phoenix Suns rumor:


It looks like that came true. Warren is a Phoenix Sun. And we have to trust it.


At 18, the Suns took Tyler Ennis. Here's the article on that one.


This is the T.J. Warren whose game is between the lines in the midrange area. He is not a three-point shooter or a great athlete or a someone who finishes at the rim. But he is talented offensively, and relatively young (20).

Here's what Sean Sullivan said of Warren after he visited the Suns on June 5:

T.J Warren is a tremendously skilled scorer with a bevy of moves, and an ability to make shots from anywhere on the court. However, in and around the paint is where Warren is at is best. He is very comfortable scoring in a multitude of ways, with great touch, good ball-handling, and probably the best floater of any player his size. He was the third leading scorer in the nation, averaging nearly 25 points, while also contributing about 7 rebounds per game as well. Other than Doug McDermott, Warren is the most skilled forward in the draft this year. And like Doug, the biggest knock on him is his average athletic ability, and his status as a "tweener". However, Warren uses his strength and skill to complement his inside game, and is very comfortable scoring off of post-ups...which can help him make the transition to the next level.

Here's GM Ryan McDonough on Warren:

"It would be hard not to be impressed with how he scored. He was the number one conference player of the year. He really carried his team at times. It was impressive, not only that he scored, but that he did it efficiently as well."

And now coach Hornacek on Warren after the group workout:

"He has a unique skill of scoring. Watching tape, he looks kind of methodical looking. But because of that, he knows great positioning. When he makes a move and he sees the opening, then he explodes. He got hacked pretty good, and he still was able to be strong enough to finish it off. The question for him wasn't the scoring part, it was the defense. I thought he did a great job defensively. Getting his hand on the ball, he was better than I anticipated form watching tape."

Would the Suns have made a draft promise to Warren, 6'8" tall 220 lbs., high enough that he was invited to the Green Room? That would put Warren in the 14th or 18th slot. It would also imply that the Suns plan to keep at least one of those slots for Warren, rather than trade them away.

The Suns lacked a creative, go-to scorer from the forward position last year. Markieff Morris was the closest the Suns came to dumping the ball to a big guy to get the score. Warren could develop into that player. Warren appears to more duplicate Marcus Morris than Markieff, so I'm not sure where he is going to play unless Marcus is traded. compares Warren to Caron Butler (who was a 20-ppg scorer in his prime) and Jarvis Hayes, who was a tweener. has Warren as the 17th best prospect and mocks him 15th overall to Atlanta.

Join us in the final hour before the draft as we discuss the Phoenix Suns’ 2014 NBA Draft prospects live from U.S. Airways Center. VotS Live: Previewing the Suns and the 2014 NBA Draft -...

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Watch it all unfold together, right here on BSotS

Much like a gamethread, here's our NBA draft thread.

How to watch

  • Where: ESPN or WatchESPN
  • When: coverage starts at 4pm AZ Time, first pick at 4:30 AZ Time

How to listen

Draft Order (and picks, as they are announced)

Round 1

1 - Cleveland Cavaliers - Andrew Wiggins
2 - Milwaukee Bucks - Jabari Parker
3 - Philadelphia 76ers - Joel Embiid
4 - Orlando Magic - Aaron Gordon
5 - Utah Jazz - Dante Exum
6 - Boston Celtics - Marcus Smart
7 - Los Angeles Lakers - Julius Randle
8 - Sacramento Kings - Nik Stauskas
9 - Charlotte Hornets (from Detroit) - Noah Vonleh
10 - Orlando Magic (Via trade with Philadelphia 76ers) - Elfrid Payton
11 - Chicago Bulls (via trade with Denver Nuggets) - Doug McDermott
12 - Philadelphia 76ers (from New York via Denver) - Dario Saric
13 - Minnesota Timberwolves - Zach LaVine

14 - Phoenix Suns - T.J. Warren

15 - Atlanta Hawks - Adreian Payne
16 - Denver Nuggets (via trade with Chicago Bulls) (from Charlotte) - Jusuf Nurkic
17 - Boston Celtics (from Brooklyn) - James Young

18 - Phoenix Suns (from Washington) - Tyler Ennis

19 - Denver Nuggets (via trade with Chicago Bulls) - Gary Harris
20 - Toronto Raptors - Bruno Caboclo
21 - Oklahoma City Thunder (from Dallas via Houston and L.A. Lakers) - Mitch McGary
22 - Memphis Grizzlies - Jordan Adams
23 - Utah Jazz - Rodney Hood
24 - Miami Heat (via Charlotte Hornets) - Shabazz Napier
25 - Houston Rockets - Clint Capela
26 - Charlotte Hornets (via Miami Heat) - P.J. Hairston

27 - Phoenix Suns (from Indiana) - Bogdan Bogdanovic

28 - Los Angeles Clippers
29 - Oklahoma City Thunder
30 - San Antonio Spurs

Round 2

1 (31 overall) - Milwaukee Bucks
2 (32) - Philadelphia 76ers
3 (33) - Cleveland Cavaliers (from Orlando)
4 (34) - New York Knicks (from Dallas Mavericks via Boston)
5 (35) - Utah Jazz
6 (36) - Milwaukee Bucks (from L.A. Lakers via Minnesota and Phoenix)
7 (37) - Toronto Raptors (from Sacramento)
8 (38) - Detroit Pistons
9 (39) - Philadelphia 76ers (from Cleveland)
10 (40) - Minnesota Timberwolves (from New Orleans)
11 (41) - Denver Nuggets
12 (42) - Houston Rockets (from New York)
13 (43) - Atlanta Hawks
14 (44) - Minnesota Timberwolves
15 (45) - Charlotte Hornets
16 (46) - Washington Wizards
17 (47) - Philadelphia 76ers (from Brooklyn via Dallas and Boston)
18 (48) - Milwaukee Bucks (from Toronto via Phoenix)
19 (49) - Chicago Bulls

20 (50) - Phoenix Suns

21 (51) - New York Knicks (from Dallas Mavericks)
22 (52) - Philadelphia 76ers (from Memphis via Cleveland)
23 (53) - Minnesota Timberwolves (from Golden State)
24 (54) - Philadelphia 76ers (from Houston via Milwaukee)
25 (55) - Miami Heat
26 (56) - Denver Nuggets (from Portland)
27 (57) - Indiana Pacers
28 (58) - San Antonio Spurs (from L.A. Clippers via New Orleans)
29 (59) - Toronto Raptors (from Oklahoma City via New York)
30 (60) - San Antonio Spurs

We will update the board all night, and post rumors/trades here and in the comments sections. We will separately write articles on each development as well, so stay tuned!

Have fun!

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