The Suns not only walked out of the 2018 Draft with Deandre Ayton and Mikal Bridges, but they ended up taking a third rookie on by selecting Elie Okobo.
Okobo worked out for the Suns two weeks ago matched up against West Virginia’s Jevon Carter, but not many expected him to last all the way to the top of the second round.
This past season, Okobo averaged 17.7 points, 6.6 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 2.2 steals per 36 minutes on 47.5/39.4/81.9 shooting splits. When looking over those percentages, you can instantly tell that he’s someone who can help space the floor while also patrolling as the floor general.
Right away, Okobo will be able to learn behind Brandon Knight until his contract expires, then take over as the likely starter in 2020-2021. If all goes well with his development, Okobo will be a future starting point guard very soon.
And for the Suns to be able to scoop him where they did? That’s a steal.
Okobo was one of the best players available left on my own big board, which the Suns quickly capitalized on.
Walking out of the draft with Ayton, Bridges and Okobo could be three starters long term in the Valley. General Manager Ryan McDonough came out of this night with three proven commodities with very high two-way ceilings.
That’s one way to easily be classified as a ‘winner’ in NBA circles.