With the 13th pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, the Phoenix Suns drafted Markieff Morris, a power forward from Kansas. Morris had an up and down rookie season, but he looks to be a solid player and part of the team's rotation moving forward
Is it possible that history could repeat itself this year, and the Suns could again select a power forward with the 13th pick in the draft?
At first glance, taking another power forward doesn't make much sense for the Suns. Taking another power forward could stunt Morris' growth. Also under contract at the four are Channing Frye and Hakim Warrick. There isn't much room for someone new there.
Suns general manager Lance Blanks has also said that the Suns are very impressed with the wings in this class, and the Suns certainly need young talent at the two and three. A shooting guard in particular seems to make the most sense for the Suns.
But that doesn't mean the Suns aren't at least considering a big man at 13.This year's lottery is very deep at the power forward forward position, with as many as seven power forwards projected as possible lottery selections. However, with possible lottery promises to shooting guard prospects Dion Waiters and Austin Rivers and the rise of center Meyers Leonard, there is a good chance one or more of these power forwards will slide to the Suns at 13.
Knowing this, the Suns are doing their due diligence and bringing in some of these talented forwards, according to Jonathan Givony of Draft Express.
Perry Jones, Terrence Jones, Arnette Moultrie and John Henson will work out against each other tomorrow in Phoenix (#13 pick).— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) June 15, 2012
Three of these names are guys we have already taken a look at as possible draft selections for the Suns. Jim Coughenour broke down Kentucky's Terrence Jones, East Bay Ray took a look at Baylor's Perry Jones III and 7footer wrote about North Carolina's John Henson. Moultrie is an athletic rebounder from Mississippi State who is projected to go in the 15-20 range. All are long and athletic, and each has their strengths. It should be an interesting workout (too bad the media won't have any access to it).
What do you think Bright Siders? Are the Suns eying another power forward at 13? Or are they just making sure they get all of their bases covered? Which of these players would you like to see on the Suns the most?
It appears as if Givony may not have been entirely correct. Here's a Tweet from Paul Coro talking about the workout:
#Suns held a big workout in size & scope today. John Henson, Tyler Zeller, Meyers Leonard, Arnett Moultrie, Perry Jones & Jared Sullinger.— Paul Coro (@paulcoro) June 16, 2012
So no Terrence Jones, but Zeller, Leonard and Sullinger also attended.
**EDITOR'S NOTE ... PART 2*
Further clarification by Coro regarding today's workout:
A tweak to the previous tweet. Vandy SF Jeffery Taylor participated in the #Suns workout today, not Ohio State PF Jared Sullinger.— Paul Coro (@paulcoro) June 16, 2012
To recap, today's big-laden #Suns workout gang was John Henson, Tyler Zeller, Meyers Leonard, Arnett Moultrie, Perry Jones & Jeffery Taylor.— Paul Coro (@paulcoro) June 16, 2012