Yippie! It's finally here! With the 46th and 60th pick, the Suns have a chance to change their destiny fore ... well ... ok. But still, draft day is fun.
Rookies are fun and with this particular draft you never know what kind of gem you might find at 46. Remember, Jeff Hornacek was a 46th pick. Goran Dragic was a 45th pick. And our buddy Alando Tucker was a 29th pick.
Paul Coro is reporting that if he's on the board, the Suns are targeting Stanford SF Landry Fields. For more on Fields, read this stuff and here's what Steve Kerr had to say about Fields when he was in town for his workout last week:
"Landry's a good player. Versatile. Does a lot of things out on the floor, always seems to be in the mix. Got a little bit of Jared Dudley in him in terms of taking charges and making plays and creating extra possessions and he's a pretty talented offensive player too, averaged 22 points a game at Standford. Rebounds well. Very nice player.
He's a bright kid. Obviously, you don't get into Stanford unless you're a pretty smart kid so he's very aware and understands the game well. We saw him a lot in college being out here in the Pac-10 we saw him quite a bit."
From a positional standpoint, you wouldn't think the Suns would be targeting a small forward with Hill, Dudley and Clark all on the books, but if they clearly see him as a guy with the most upside then why not.
And it goes without saying that this is just a report. A lot can happen between now and about 8pm tonight, so stay tuned. We'll be on-site at USAC starting around 4pm for all the good stuff.
Fun Draft Day Links:
2010 NBA Draft: The First Round As Seen Through The Eyes Of SB Nation - Ridiculous Upside
Mock drafts, over the years, have often turned out to be exercises in futility, no matter the sport. Even the most seasoned professional journalists, the type who can sniff out a lie and sneak a peek at a closed workout, get these things wrong on an annual basis. ... and that's before factoring the inevitable draft-day deals.
That's what makes the SB Nation NBA Mock Draft a treat. It's a labor of love orchestrated by Scott Schroeder, the editor at Ridiculous Upside and an SBNation.com contributor, who cajoles, corrals and threatens our NBA team bloggers into selecting players for the franchises they write about.
Exclusive Evan Turner Elevator Ride - Liberty Ballers
Part One of a two-part/two-blog monster about the NBA Draft Media day, filled with tons of Evan Turner quotes and even more boyish excitement.
Draft Day: A MFNightmare Or A Dream Come True? - Detroit Bad Boys
Hilarious read: It's draft day. Will it be a nightmare or will the Pistons make dreams come true?
The Annual Draft Express/Raptors HQ Draft Discussion - Raptors HQ
The Annual Draft Express/Raptors HQ Draft Discussion - DraftExpress' Jonathan Givony drops by for some final insight on the NBA draft as it pertains to the Toronto Raptors.
More to come throughout the day...
Here's a list of all the players the Suns have worked out in Phoenix. This doesn't include the various players who were at the group work out in Minnesota.
- Kyle Gibson, 6' 5", SG, Louisiana Tech
- Pablo Aguilar,6' 8" PF, Spain (no longer in draft)
- Gavin Edwards, 6' 9", PF, UConn
- Aubrey Coleman,6' 4" (6' 1.5" w/o shoes), SG, Houston
- Osiris Eldridge, 6' 3", SG, Illinois St
Perry Stevenson, 6' 9", PF, Kentucky
Andy Rautins, 6' 4", SG, Syracuse
- Jeremy Evans, 6'9" PF, Western Kentucky
- Magnum Rolle, 6'10" PF, La Tech
- Matt Janning, 6' 4" SG, North Eastern
- AJ Slaughter, 6' 3", PG/SG, Western Kentucky
- Mikhail Torrance, 6' 4" PG/SG, Alabama
- Jeremy Wise, 6' 2", PG/SG, Bakersfield Jam
- Ryan Thompson, 6’6", SG/SF (poss. PG), Rider
- Tyren Johnson, 6’7", SF/PF, Louisiana-Lafayette
- Jerome Jordan, 7’1", C, Tulsa
- Anthony Mason, Jr., 6’7", SF/PF, St. John’s
- Hamady Ndiaye, 6’11", C, Rutgers
- Art Parakhouski, 6’11", C, Radford/Belarus
- Deon Thompson, 6' 8", PF, North Carolina
- Latavious Williams, 6' 8", PF, D-League
- Reggie Delk, 6' 4", SG, Louisville
- Nic Wise, 5' 10", PG, Arizona
- Kyle Gibson, 6' 5", SG, Louisiana Tech (2nd workout)
- Michael Roll UCLA, 6' 5", UCLA
- Gavin Edwards, 6' 9", PF, UConn (2nd workout)
- Landry Fields, 6' 7", SF, Stanford
- Mac Koshwal, 6' 10", PF, Depaul
- Marquis Gilstrap, 6' 7", SF/PF, Iowa State
- Jon Scheyer, 6' 6", PG/SG, Duke
- Marquez Haines, 6' 2", PG, Texas Arlington
- Dwayne Collins, 6' 8", PF, Miami (interview only due to knee injury)
- Thomas Huertel, 6' 2", PG, France
- Kyle Gibson, 6' 5", SG, Louisiana Tech (third workout for local kid)