During this past season, the Phoenix Suns struggled to score. That’s putting it nicely.
The Suns averaged 95.2 points per game this season — good for 21st in the league. It’s safe to say that Steve Nash and Amar’e Stoudemire aren’t walking through that door anymore. Goran Dragic and Marcin Gortat are. No offense to them, but if the Suns want to be successful anytime soon, that needs to change.
The first step is putting together a good draft. Wait, let me re-phrase that — put together a great draft.
The Suns have two picks in the first round of Thursday night — the fifth and the 30th.
It’s expected for the Suns to either go big then small, or small then big. If the Suns trade Gortat — or plan to, then it would make sense for Phoenix to take a good look at Alex Len. If he’s still there. If not, small would be the way to go.
Anthony Bennett and Victor Oladipo are both expected to be available in this spot. Bennett has the higher ceiling — with the size and all, but Oladipo is a wildcard. He’s an athletic freak who is a lockdown defender — something he will bring from day one.
The one concern — a big one at that — is his offensive ability. Oladipo isn’t much of a ball-handler and has an unorthodox release. The 6-foot-5 shooting guard is at his best moving without the ball.
Another option the Suns could take is the point guard route. Since the departure of Steve Nash, that’s one position they’ve been longing for. Dragic does what he can, but isn’t that special type of player that takes a team to the next level.
Trey Burke and C.J. McCollum will both be available, but for me, fifth is way too high to go this route. Maybe they trade down and draft one?
Or maybe they go best available. This one is a toss-up. I’m going with the logical pick.
SCIC MOCK: With the 5th pick the 2013 NBA Draft, the Phoenix Suns select VICTOR OLADIPO