With a bit of nostalgia, I get to recap for you how the Suns finished out their SB Nation mock draft with a bang. But before we get into how we fired the last, huge missile, let's look back on what's happened so far.


SBNation decided to run a league wide mock draft, with each blog manager drafting for his or her team and negotiating trades between each other using at least one first round pick in each deal.

First, we dabbled in trading up but decided against it and watched Victor Oladipo fall to the Suns. He's the guy that most Suns fans drool about, since he's such a hard worker and was so great in his junior year at Indiana.

Then, after a whole bunch of maneuvering and negotiating, BSotS traded two veterans for two more first round picks and took 7'2" Rudy Gobert (with 7'9" wingspan) and 6'5" Jamaal Franklin (with 6'11" wingspan). The cost was Marcin Gortat and Jared Dudley. I can see Gobert taking a year or two to get his feet wet in the NBA and to establish his presence, so the Suns will need to sign veteran center if Channing Frye doesn't come back next year. But they don't need a 30-year old on a 4 year, $10 million contract (which is what Gortat would have wanted).

Franklin will play big minutes right away in three-guard lineups with Oladipo and Dragic. They can wreak havoc defensively, rebound the ball, run the court like lightning and put the ball in the hole.

One downside is that none of the three is a high-volume, high-percentage 3-point shooter. That means the Suns would have to (a) play them along with a big-time shooter at the 4 and/or 5, like Channing Frye, or (b) play Franklin at the 4 where he played in college while another wing hits the 3s. Or both.

Another weakness is secondary playmaking when Dragic rests and when he's out there to give the Suns a two-pronged attack. Oladipo can handle the ball a bit, and Franklin led his team in assists (and rebounds, points and steals), but neither is a primary ballhandler even for short minutes.

Kendall Marshall could be that playmaker, but he's more of a passer than a shooter. And true playmakers are a threat to shoot from anywhere. If Marshall develops his shot, then he could be a force. But he doesn't quite fit with the new ultra-quick, ultra-athletic guard rotation and doesn't make up for it in shooting at this point.

On tap

The Suns have one more pick at #30. But I really don't want four rookies on the roster, so I wanted to explore trading trading the #30 for a young veteran with a future. Of course, no one wants who has a young veteran with a future wants to trade him for just the #30, so I decided to add in as many remaining trade chips as I needed.

I still had Marshall, the Morrii, and a handful of non-guaranteed deals with which to provide salary relief to taxpaying teams.

What I wanted was either a pure small forward who could shoot, or a combo guard who could play the 1 or the 2 depending on the lineup. The player needed to be a veteran but still on his rookie contract and the potential to be better in a couple years than they are today.

So I contacted two teams who'd been active in the Mock Draft to see if they wanted to do one more deal: Philadelphia (Evan Turner) and Detroit (Brandon Knight).

In both cases, their former high pick was wearing out his welcome and didn't quite fit the team of the future. Turner was good, but not #2 pick good. And Knight was good, but redundant with Rodney Stuckey and now C.J. McCollum as combo guards on the same team. Both teams could use a pass-first playmaker to get the ball down to the bigs on their team. And Philly had the hometown Morris brothers for nostalgic purposes.

Alternately, we could trade down from #30 to get multiple assets in the 2013 and 2014 drafts (second-round only). But that's not sexy or exciting in a Mock Draft that only goes to pick #30.

Both Philadelphia and Detroit came back with good, doable trade offers. The BSotS front office was torn for a bit. We exchanged at least a dozen emails debating the merits of each deal.

Tick tock.

Tune in on Friday for what happened.


Of course, the reaction is going to be mixed. Some people love change, some people hate it. Some people love purple, some people don't.

But the great thing about life is that nothing stays the same.

Here are the new Suns logos displayed on T-Shirts on store.nba.com


Though I really could do without the 'S' logo, I happen to like the other two renderings.

There are more logos too, but SBNation is not yet licensed to show them and we are a reputable outfit. I just took the ones off the official NBA store.

Suns beat writer Paul Coro, from azcentral.com/sports, conducted an indepth interview with the new logos today in exclusive coverage.

Here's a snippet:

The look of the franchise is changing with new uniforms, including black road jerseys and sleeved orange alternate jerseys, for the coming season. New logos already have shown up on official nbastore.com merchandise.

The new Suns uniforms will not be unveiled formally until late September, but the team's logos already have been changed with an understated roll-out of merchandise and a new logo under the brim of Thursday's draft hat.


The Suns also will have throwback jerseys, planning to return the "Back in Black" campaign that was a popular use of the Suns 1990s black jerseys. The Suns have used black alternate jerseys but this will mark the first time that the Suns' main road jerseys are not purple.

Sleeved orange alternates for the road? Yuck. I remember Golden State's last year. Now 5 NBA teams are going to try them out.

Hit the link for Paul's whole article. Paul knows their siblings names, aunts, uncles and everything. They even made him dinnner afterward.


PHOENIX — Kansas center Jeff Withey and Ohio State hybrid forward Deshaun Thomas highlighted an all-big workout for the Suns on Thursday. Withey’s shotblocking and Thomas’ scoring...

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PHOENIX — Kansas center Jeff Withey and Ohio State hybrid forward Deshaun Thomas highlighted an all-big workout for the Suns on Thursday. Withey’s shotblocking and Thomas’ scoring...

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If the Phoenix Suns decide to go with a wing or a perimeter player with their lottery pick then they are set in their preparation for a big later on in the draft. Today's workout brought in the final group of centers that have the potential of being there for the Suns at the No. 30 Overall pick.

Jeff Withey (No. 23 on the Big Board), Deshaun Thomas (36), Colton Iverson (42), Rodney Williams (NA), Augusto Cesar Lima (NA), and Aaron Anderson (NA) were all in town for a workout just one week before the 2013 NBA Draft.

The two highlight prospects here were Withey and Thomas, both from mid-west schools that reached the Sweet 16 last season behind their best seasons in college. Withey, a former volleyball player, has transformed himself into an elite shot-blocker with the ability to protect the rim in a variety of different ways. Thomas is a stretch four or a post-up three with his size and offensive skill-set.

One thing that has been said about Thomas is that he does a lot of the same things as Shabazz Muhammad, but can be had 20 picks later. Is that a reality? Maybe, maybe not, but Thomas is a very talented scorer and the conversation is not unwarranted.

Two former teammates in Iverson and Williams were "reunited" for this workout as they spent a few years together in Minnesota before Iverson transferred. Four years ago Iverson came in with no acclaim or fanfare while Williams was the "next Tracy McGrady" as a one-and-done prospect. Now, four years later, Iverson is a legitimate prospect and Williams is on the fringe of even being drafted.

Here is a scouting take on the prospects:

  • Jeff Withey -- Kansas -- Senior center: Full Scouting Report
  • Deshaun Thomas -- Ohio State -- Junior forward: Full Scouting Report
  • Colton Iverson -- Colorado State -- Senior center: Full Scouting Report Looking at the lumbering centers that make an impact on the defensive end in Nikola Pekovic and Omer Asik, that is a role that Iverson can play. He has great strength, great size, and is athletic enough to move around the paint to make a defensive impact.
  • Rodney Williams -- Minnesota -- Senior wing: Full Scouting Report Coming into college Williams was seen as a great athlete with unlimited potential. That changed quickly as he struggled with his shot, ball-handling, and overall feel for the game for about three years. He has improved his shot and become a very good perimeter defender, but he showed his potential has a limit.
  • Augusto Cesar Lima -- Spain --1991 power forward: Full Scouting Report Skilled big man that has been on the NBA radar for years, but is finally coming over. Good overall offensive skill-set as a face-up four that can knock down perimeter shots. A little undersized for the position and will struggle defensively against NBA fours.
  • Aaron Anderson -- Kennesaw State -- Senior forward: Undersized four that has a nose for the ball on the glass, especially on the offensive glass. He was second in the A-10 in offensive rebounds this year and averaged 2.03, 3.22, and 3.43 offensive rebounds per game throughout his career.(Local kid, from Tucson)

***The Suns have now worked out 62 total prospects in nine different sessions (technically 64 with the inclusion of Korie Lucious three separate workouts)

***The Suns have now had in 15 point guards, 14 shooting guards, 9 small forwards, 13 power forwards, and 11 centers so far

***There are at least two more workouts scheduled for Friday and Saturday of this week

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