So many posts have been devoted to the future marquee names available to the Suns in the lottery, and rightfully so, with the possibility remaining that we could have two, count ‘em TWO selections, God and David Stern willing.
But with the Lakers finally applying a tenuous hold on the 8th playoff slot and no rescue imminent from the Jazz or the Mavericks (yet) its time to explore the options available to us in the event we have to settle for the much more underwhelming, but not totally useless Miami pick.
I don’t remember a recent draft where we didn’t lament having a 27th to 30th pick when somebody falls through the cracks of the first round. This year alone, just as Ben McLemore and Victor Oladipo has skyrocketed, several names penciled in for the lottery have taken a nosedive, such as Alex Poythress, Archie Goodwin and Tony Mitchell. Although in the case of Poythress and Goodwin, they might be better served going back to school, several prospects are likely to drop in this range, the value made greater by the fact that you can afford to be a bit more patient and take more risks at such an unsexy pick.
So who do we (possibly) got?
1. Doug McDermott, SF/PF, 6’8", Creighton – I’ll defer to Jacob Padilla on describing Doug but he would likely be the BPA if he’s still there when we pick 30th. Doug has an insanely high motor and plays with extremely high efficiency (63.3% from 2, 48.6% from 3 79.6 from FTs.). Some teams might be scared away by the fact that he is a classic NBA tweener: lacks length and strength at the 4, lacks quickness and athleticism at the 3. There is also the matter of the Suns already having Michael Beasley and Marcus Morris (and the easiest way to describe Doug would be to say he is a young Jared Dudley) signed up where Doug should be playing, but every time Hunter chews out The Morri and Beasley it is for lacking qualities that Doug already possesses. In one word, Doug McDermott is a "winner".
2. Jeff Withey C, 6’11", Kansas - Shotblocker extraordinaire. Mobile for his size and a decent rebounder and defender. Withey would certainly be a great choice if we miss out on top big prospects like Noel or Len or if we decide to go wing first. Like many draft candidates this year, his ceiling might be as a solid backup center for a few years, which would be excellent for a 30th pick.
3. Jamaal Franklin SG/SF, 6’5" , San Diego State - Great length and athleticism with prototypical SG size. Played a "big" in San Diego State’s four-guard offense and has become a solid rebounder. Relentless, aggressive scorer that can punish offenses in a variety of ways. The thing that would be most alarming to Suns fans would be, despite his offensive repertoire he has a tendency to settle for contested jumpers just inside the arc. Sound familiar.
4. Giannis Adetokunbo SF, 6’9", Greece - Draft and stash candidate. A mystery man at this point but shows flashes of offensive versatility, despite his underdeveloped physical profile. His video highlights are nice but can he do the same in NBA competition? Sam Presti has reportedly already come down for a looksee. A couple of years away, but European hoops watchers are seeing Nicolas Batum type potential.
5. Lucas "Bebe" Noguiera, C. 7’0", Brazil - Bebe certainly looks the part of a young Marcus Camby but a closer inspection leaves much to be desired. The only thing consistent about Nogueira are reports about his personality. He is lazy and completely disinterested in developing his game and his skinny 200 pound frame. Add the fact that he thinks he is a 7-foot Kobe Bryant when he is more like a 7-foot Marcus Banks. He also has an extremely low basketball IQ. Someday he might figure it out and be Samuel Dalembert. For now, he is a unique collection of everything to abhor in a young player. I put Nogueira on this list just so I don’t have to explain the bloodcurdling scream coming from the tropics if he somehow ends draft night as a Sun.
6. Kyle Anderson, SF, 6’9" UCLA – PF size at 6’9" and 7’2" wingspan but guard skills. Fantastic basketball IQ and court vision making him a promising point forward and a secondary ball handler. Great instincts and length for blocks and steals. He is the player we wanted Boris Diaw to consistently be.
Although we hang on to the dream that the Lakers somehow finally falter and we get Noel and Oladipo or McLemore and Austin or some other fantastic combination of lottery picks to add to our 2013 team a budding young star with our pick and a solid contributor with our distant second (plus a couple more lucky bounces with our two second rounders. Patric Young and Carrick Felix, maybe?) is not the absolute failure some fear it to be.