After selecting the ideal Devin Booker complement long-term in Josh Jackson at No. 4, Phoenix came back on the clock and selected Davon Reed.
Like Jackson, Reed fits the billing in adding, even more, versatility on the defensive end. Standing at 6’5 with a 7’ wingspan, Reed is in the mold of prototypical 3-and-D prospects. In one-on-one situations, Reed locked down his defender at a 33% clip, ranking near the top of the 2017 draft class.
Not only will Reed provide defense but will space the floor in the second unit or be paired alongside Jackson to be a willing shooter off of drive and dishes to the perimeter. The former Miami Hurricane is a lifetime 37.8% percent from beyond the arc, translating even better in unguarded or spot-up situation.
During his workout in Phoenix, I saw Reed handle point guard duties in three-on-three. He showed this off at Miami, being able to make the correct read out of pick-and-roll. His ability to make quick reads while under duress stood out, always looking for the open man even when he was near the basket.
The Suns were wise to add some more seasoning to a roster that includes it’s main pieces all under 21 years of age. Reed’s selection happened during a run of experienced college players went ahead of him, including Villanova’s Josh Hart at No. 30 to the Los Angeles Lakers via trade.
Reed will come in and provide immediate depth behind Devin Booker at the two spot, and with his developed frame, he could spell at the three, too.