With a few days off to recalibrate their collective basketball minds and focus, the Phoenix Suns are back at it with another group workout featuring more potential late first round prospects and a wildcard.
Today's workout featured Pittsburgh center Steven Adams (No. 17 on the Big Board), N.C. State guard Lorenzo Brown (31), Bucknell center Mike Muscala (32), Illinois guard Brandon Paul (34), Texas point guard Myck Kabongo (66), and Missouri center Alex Oriakhi (71).
Adams may be a reach at No. 5 for the Suns and will not be available for the No. 30 pick, but much like Mason Plumlee and the point guards this is due diligence on the teams part. If they are able to acquire another pick in the mid-to-late lottery then Adams is an option to replace Marcin Gortat in the long-term. His skill level is on par with Gortat as a raw athlete that will be at his best with a play-making point guard feeding him the ball at the rim.
Every other player in this workout can be had at the No. 30 pick and offers a unique skill-set. As GM Ryan McDonough has stated numerous times, the team will try to avoid duplicating positions with the two first round picks.
As a converted point guard Brown has the ability to score and distribute the ball with his great size and feel for the position. Paul is another option at the two with the potential to score the ball in bunches like a Jamal Crawford, but can also shoot the team out of a game like Shannon Brown. Kabongo is athletic, long, and sees the floor well, but is not polished or great at any one thing.
For the Suns in particular looking at Muscala at No. 30 or Oriakhi at No. 57 would add depth to the front-court. Oriakhi is a tank with NBA level strength and toughness.
Here is a scouting take on the prospects:
- Steven Adams -- Pittsburgh -- Freshman center: Full Scouting Report
- Lorenzo Brown -- N.C. State -- Junior point guard: Full Scouting Report
- Mike Muscala -- Bucknell -- Senior center: Full Scouting Report
- Brandon Paul -- Illinois -- Senior shooting guard: Full Scouting Report
- Myck Kabongo -- Texas -- Sophomore point guard: Full Scouting Report
- Alex Oriakhi -- Missouri -- Senior center: Full Scouting Report
***The Suns have now had in 13 point guards, 10 shooting guards, 7 small forwards, 12 power forwards, and 9 centers so far
***Next workout is scheduled for this Tuesday