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Mickey McConnell?




   Mickey McConell recently went undrafted in this past draft after completing his final year at St. Mary's. He had a very productive season and was even named WCC Player of the Year along the way. I felt it was a shame that he didn't get drafted (along with David Lighty and Ben Hansbrough) and I think he can be a really productive rotation player in the NBA and in particular with the Phoenix Suns. I think he can be a great fit with the Suns. I feel he could've already found a team to pick him up in free agency if there wasn't a lockout. (Btw, I know I'm a little late on this, but there's a lockout so it doesn't really matter) This article also talks about the Suns' situation at PG.
P.S. I do realize he did have a Pre-draft workout with the Suns

    The Suns depth at the point guard position are as follows: Nash, Brooks, and Dowdell. That's actually very good.

Nash is still a top 5 point guard in this league averaging nearly 15pts. and 11asts. per game last year. Many people say Nash will eventually slow down, but he's already 37 and going strong, to doubt him would be crazy. I can see him playing well into his 40s. He is your starter, but eventually you'll want to lower his minutes and find a solid backup that will someday be able to takeover.

That's where Brooks comes in. Brooks is a big question mark. The Suns have a invested a lot in him, trading away Dragic (although this may have been a good thing) and a first round pick. They would have liked him to be the future at point guard, but that is still in question. Come free agency, the Suns have a tough decision of whether to re-sign him or let him sign with someone else. The Suns would probably have to give him a 4-5 mil salary to keep him which is a lot, considering he isn't really needed, see Zabian Dowdell later, and that it would take away cap space to sign a position of need, like SG. If he does stay for next season, there's also the problems with injuries. Injuries are what led the Rockets to trade him.


Finally, there's Zabian. He was a great pickup and can be a good role player. He may never be as good as Brooks, but for a much cheaper salary that's expected, especially since he was undrafted. He's still a productive bench player and he gives a good reason not to resign Brooks.
 
   Now, we meet McConell. McConell is a 6'0" point guard out of Saint Mary's. In his first full year of starting (his junior) he averaged 14pts, 5asts, and shot an amazing .508% from the field and .510% from the arc. In his senior year he raised his level of play and averaged 16pts, 6asts. (and about a 2.6 assist to turnover ratio), 2.5rebs, .504% from the field, .456% from three, and shot 89% from the line in 37min of play. Yes, he did play in the WCC, which isn't a top tier conference, but it also isn't terrible either. ESPN ranked it 12th out of 32 last year and it does produce  NBA talent, like Nash, Turiaf, and Daye. He is a very consistent shooter and rarely gets injured. His game reminds me a little of Nash by how good of a shooter he is and how well he can pass, especially with the pick and roll. He will need to improve on his athleticism, quickness, and the up-tempo of the NBA, but I'm sure he can.
    I actually got to meet McConnell at a gym where he was doing a basketball camp for St. Mary's. He looks a legit six foot tall, maybe even 6'1" since he was wearing those flat Adidas shoes compared to basketball sneakers. I talked to him a little. He's actually from Arizona and the Suns are his favorite team, with Nash being his favorite player. He seems like a cool guy, he's got a really nice shot too I saw. He plays in a somewhat similar way to Nash and him being mentored by him can make him a very good player (like what everyone thought Dragic was in the playoff series against SA, but actually isn't). I know a lot of people think the mentoring idea is overrated and doesn't really work, but playing with your idol on you favorite team trying to prove yourself should make him determined to play. People tend to forget players like Wesley Matthews, Barea, and Jose Calderon went undrafted. I believe McConnell can join that list.

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