The Phoenix Suns have been a joy all season, defining what everybody should love about the NBA. The play of Goran Dragic is that of an MVP candidate, despite not being voted to the All-Star game. Head coach Jeff Hornacek is a favorite for the coach of the year award at the moment. Not to mention, all the media picked the Suns to land in the lottery at the end of the year.
Despite the criticism at the beginning of the season, the Suns are on the verge of becoming a playoff team fighting for the ultimate prize. Should they make it, you can bet that they will make something happen in the first round. They will be a joy to watch, just as they have been all season. To put the icing on the cake, they have a slew of draft picks (mainly from the Lakers) and could potentially move up or down in the draft if they find a player they have to have.
As we close in on the regular season and the draft inches closer and closer, every team is starting to look at who they should keep in mind when it is their turn to pick in the draft. Here are a couple of players the Suns should target in the upcoming 2014 NBA Draft.
Doug McDermott, Forward - Creighton
Doug McDermott would really help the Suns with spacing out the floor. He’s a 6-foot-8 small forward that brings a lot to the table. He passed Oscar Robinson and Hersey Hawkins to move into 7th place on the all-time men’s Division I scoring list this season. He seems to bring out the best in his team and makes sure to keep everyone playing at a high level.
The most spectacular thing about this kid is his player efficiency rating. It stands at 33.68, a number almost unreal in this game. He’s a smart, heady forward. McDermott is the coach’s son, which brings a high basketball IQ to his game. He brings deep range on his jumper and is an elite three point shooter and elite scorer overall. He also has an excellent motor. Although he is not an elite athlete and lacks a lot of strength, he can get away with it due to his jumpshot and intelligence.
Rodney Hood has been overlooked all season due to his teammate Jabari Parker, who I’m sure you’ve heard about, stealing all the thunder. Despite that, Hood is still an excellent basketball player who will make a great addition to a Phoenix Suns roster. This season, he averaged 16.1 points per game, 3.9 rebounds per game, 2.1 assists per game and 0.7 steals per game. He is a great scorer and can hype the crowd up whenever it is needed.
The 6-foot-8 shooting guard possesses something a lot of players at his position have, size. He hovers over most of his matchups, giving him an advantage. He’s a smooth lefty with a terrific shot, including deep range. His midrange game is very nice and can score very well. If he could add strength and improve his defense and rebounding, he will become a great player in the NBA. He had a player efficiency rating of 21.03 last season, showing that he can really help a team. The Phoenix Suns should definitely target him if he is still available when it is their turn to pick.
This pick would be one that can be saved for more of a second round pick. However, he would still be a good addition to the Suns team. He’s a younger point guard that would potentially help spread the floor nicely with Dragic. The two would work well together and compliment each other’s play. Craft has a lot of experience and intelligence, since it seems like he has been in college forever. He does a good job getting his teammates in the game and does well in the late minutes of the game when his team needs him most.
T.J. Warren, Forward – NC State
T.J. Warren has proven to be a very high class basketball player, leading NC State into the NCAA Tournament. He is an offensively gifted player, getting most of his points from two-point shots. He brings elite size for a wing to the table. He’s an excellent finisher down low, creating his own shot and has a knack for finishing his shots through contact and fouls. He loves to get out in the open court and do his work in transition. Warren is very difficult to defend, due to his nice in-between game of floaters and runners at his size. His shot mechanics need a bit of work, however, because he is not the best spot up shooter.
On defense, he does most of his work with cushion, using his length to contest. He has active hands, wanting to slap the ball away from his matchup whenever in triple threat. His defense will need some work and he’ll need to improve his weak side and shot contesting to be a liable defender at the next stage.
It seems like every player in this draft has a lot of size. This 6-foot-6 shooting guard has really proven himself during the NCAA tourney. He led the Wolverines to the Elite Eight, losing to Kentucky in the final seconds. He’s a versatile scoring guard. Stauskas is an excellent shooter with deep range. When he gets hot, he is hard to miss from any range. He is also an incredible free throw shooter. Although he is not an elite athlete and lacks strength, those are things he can develop at the next level.
Stauskas would help spread the floor with Phoenix. He would give them a liable option from deep and would do most of his work off the ball. However, when he does have the ball, he could make anything happen from anywhere on the court. He would be a great pickup for the Phoenix Suns and shouldn’t be overlooked when on the clock.
This post comes from Justin Becker of FantasyBasketballMoneyLeagues.com. You can follow the Fantasy Basketball Money Leagues Google+ Page, and for more NBA basketball rankings and projections visit Fantasy Basketball Money Leagues, a fantasy basketball blog.