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NBA Mock Draft Roundup: The Suns take more shooters at #13

Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

With the lottery in the past there has been a flurry of new mock drafts this week. Here's all the major mocks that either debuted or had changes.

ESPN's Chad Ford: Frank Kaminsky, C, Wisconsin

As I explained last month, the Suns don't have a lot of options in the middle behind Alex Len. Kaminsky not only can play right now, but he would give Phoenix an entirely different look. While Len thrives in the paint, Kaminsky is at his best facing the basket and stretching the floor. He adds immediate depth to the Suns' front line. Jerian Grant, Kelly Oubre and R.J. Hunter could all be good fits here, as well.

CBS' Zach Harper: Kaminsky

It's tough to gauge where Frank Kaminsky might go but his ability to play on the outside and the inside makes him a prime addition to this Suns' attack. They can play small with Kaminsky at the 5 or big with him at the 4 and Markieff Morris at the 3.

SB Nation's Kevin O'Connor: Devin Booker, SG, Kentucky

The Suns need shooting and Booker can provide plenty of it with his flawless shooting mechanics. He didn't show much else at Kentucky, but he has a high basketball IQ and measured well at the combine, which leaves open the possibility of him developing into much more than a specialist.

Draft Express: Booker (quote via Yahoo!)

The Suns' roster transformation is an ongoing process, with the swingman positions continuing to look like the most pressing needs. Devin Booker is one of the best shooters in this draft class, and plays a position of need at the SG spot. He's got nice upside to grow into, which could make him a solid piece as part of Phoenix's long-term outlook.

Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix: Willie Trlll Cauley-Stein, C, Kentucky

The Suns would love an offensive-oriented big to fall to them here. Cauley-Stein is limited offensively, but he is a versatile defender who can help solve the Suns' rebounding problems. And he is the most NBA-ready big man in the draft.

Kaminsky will continue to be a popular pick all the way up to the draft. His shooting is a great match of style with the Suns. However, I still think the Suns need to prioritize defense and rebounding with almost any prospect they take. Kaminsky has a chance to be a really good offensive player though if the Suns want to continue down that route he's a good pick. Keef at the 3 though? I'm not sure about that.

I took a lot of heat for a Booker selection in my own mock draft, but it looks like I wasn't alone. I agree with both analysts here as Booker definitely has the tools to develop into more of a complete player and the Suns certainly aren't done building the roster yet.

While someone like Bobby Portis could fill a need, play good defense, rebound, and shoot, Booker is still not that bad of a pick in terms of a fit with the team. The Suns have a good chunk of their rotation who can shoot threes, but Marcus Morris was the best shooter on the team at 36%. While Morris, P.J. Tucker, and Brandon Knight should all put up better numbers next season, those are the only three somewhat reliable three-point shooters and the Suns could use a marksman.

The possibility that sets Booker over the top for that pick is looking good enough on defense at Kentucky and his intelligence on the court. That possible growth mentioned by O'Connor ties into Booker being the youngest player in the draft. Archie Goodwin didn't do a great deal to separate himself last season and Bogdan Bogdanovic is still at least a year away. Booker is good value at 13.

I do not see any way Cauley-Stein falls to 13, but if he actually did this would be a terrific pickup for the Suns. He's the best defensive prospect in the draft and I could actually see a way for him to play with Alex Len if Len could get the consistency on his jumper down. Cauley-Stein is not the type of rebounder that Mannix suggests, but his defense and value at 13 would make him a no brainer.

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