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Phoenix Suns 2015 NBA Draft Round Up - Nearly a Consensus

Experts, or people with a voice on the Internet anyway, tell you what the Suns might do with the #13 pick in the upcoming NBA Draft.

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While this is a round up of mock drafts from around the Interwebs predicting what the Suns will do with the number thirteen pick, it's a small sample size. Each writer below named a different prospect the Suns will go after, though a more comprehensive search of mock drafts indicates that Frank Kaminsky as the most likely selection. Still, there's enough different opinions that the safest bet is there will be a trade that will be underwhelming at best, and franchise crushing at worst.

A joke. Clearly this is the beginning of a new, wildly successful era of Suns basketball. A bet to the contrary is a sucker bet.

Chad Ford -

Frank Kaminsky, C, Wisconsin (7-1, 230)

2014-15 stats: 18.8 ppg, 54.7 FG%, 2.6 apg, 9.2rpg, 41.6 3FG%

Ford: "At No. 13, there are a handful of interesting prospects still left on the board. Oubre has the most upside, though the Suns might not have the patience to wait on him. Kaminsky seems like a better bet. He's NBA ready, he's an elite shooter (something the Suns could use after finishing in the bottom third in 3-point field-goal percentage) and he can play both the 4 and the 5 behind Markieff Morris and Alex Len."

Gary Parrish -

Kristaps Porzingis, PF, Latvia (7-1, 220)

2014-15 stats:10.6 ppg, 47.1 FG%, 4.8 rpg, 1.1 bpg

Parrish: "Porzingis checks a couple of boxes in the sense that he's A) a floor-spacer at the forward position, and B) probably the best prospect on the board here. Phoenix will be thrilled if he falls to 13."

Chris Mannix -

Myles Turner, C, Texas (6-11, 240)

2014-15 stats: 10.1 ppg, 45.5 FG%, 6.5 rpg, 0.6 apg

Mannix: "The Suns need offense up front, and while it might take two years for Turner to develop, his scoring potential is enticing. Turner is a perimeter-oriented center who proved at Texas that he can stretch the floor on one end and block shots and rebound on the other. He needs to get stronger, but there are not many rookies that don't."

Reid Forgrave -

Sam Dekker, SF, Wisconsin (6-9, 220)

2014-15 stats: 13.9 ppg 5.6 rpg 1.2 apg

Forgrave: "No, Dekker is not always the 3-point shooter we saw during the NCAA Tournament. But his penchant for hitting clutch 3s in March only helped his NBA draft stock, since his shot from deep was one of the questions about his game. Although Dekker tended to occasionally drift at times in college, his athleticism and size ought to make him a solid NBA player."

Jonathan Wasserman -

Cameron Payne, PG, Murray State (6-2, 185)

2014-15 stats: 20.3 ppg 3.8 rpg 6.0 apg

Wasserman: "The Suns will take the best available prospect, which could very well be Cameron Payne. But Payne also gives Phoenix a cushion in the Brandon Knight free-agency negotiations. They could choose to hold on to the money that Knight would cost and save it for a different position. And instead, groom Payne as the next franchise point guard.

Other than the competition he faced in the Ohio Valley, Payne checks out in every department, from his physical tools to his terrific passing instincts, scoring ability and shooting stroke. He averaged 20.2 points per game, made 84 threes and finished sixth in the country in assist percentage, per

Payne will be an option for any team drafting outside the top nine."

Scott Howard-Cooper -

Trey Lyles, PF, Kentucky (6-10, 240)

2014-15 stats: 8.7 ppg 5.2 rpg 1.1 apg

Howard-Cooper: "Lyles has advanced skills for a freshman, with range on his jumper, a soft touch, and the kind of footwork others that size would hope to have after two or three years in college. Some big men have to grow into their body. Lyles looks as though he is already there at 19 years old. He played out of position a lot at Kentucky, at small forward to get on the court while the Wildcats also used big men Towns and Cauley-Stein, which was not ideal but did show he has a good feel for the game."

Tim Bontemps -

Bobby Portis, PF, Arkansas (6-11, 245)

2014-15 stats:  17.5 ppg 8.9 rpg 1.2 apg

Bontemps: "Would give Phoenix yet another long, athletic big man to go into coach Jeff Hornacek's up-tempo system."

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