Over the last few weeks cobbling together the latest mock drafts, the main indicator of how up in the air what direction the Suns will go is obvious. Not only has Phoenix been connected to almost every prospect linked in the 4-10 range, but there seems to be no lean one way or another right now.
The only private workouts that have been confirmed thus far are Jarrett Culver and Brandon Clarke. Coby White also looked to be in Phoenix last week based off his Instagram story, but who knows.
We all acknowledge the top three of the 2019 NBA Draft is set in stone with Zion Williamson, Ja Morant and RJ Barrett. Afterward, there could be absolute chaos. Let’s dive into the point-guard heavy version of Bright Side’s latest Mock Draft Roundup.
Jonathan Givony, ESPN = Coby White
This pick continues to be available in trade talks for the right veteran guard that complements Devin Booker. The Suns likely will be disappointed to see the two best backcourt players outside the top three off the board in Garland and Culver, which might cause them to be even more aggressive in pursuing a trade.
Should they keep the pick, they seem very high on White, which makes some sense considering his size, shooting prowess and ability to play off a playmaking guard such as Booker.
Jeremy Woo, Sports Illustrated = Darius Garland
Being able to pick between Garland and White at No. 6 would be a pretty solid scenario for the Suns, although reports have indicated Phoenix would prefer a more experienced option at point guard next to Devin Booker next season. White fits well there, noting his size defensively, but Garland is craftier off the dribble and closer to being a feasible setup man who can get more out of the Suns’ other players. There’s enough interest there that he might be someone other teams target via trade at 4 or 5.
As we reported last week, the Suns are known to be extremely high on Jarrett Culver, and this spot is his realistic floor. To ensure they get him, Phoenix may have to move up themselves. Now that the Pelicans have No. 4, the lottery trade scenarios should become clearer over the next few days.
Gary Parrish, CBS Sports = Darius Garland
Last year’s No. 1 overall pick, Deandre Ayton, is on record saying Phoenix needs a point guard. So selecting Garland here would make a lot of sense -- even if he is coming off of season-ending knee surgery, which is less-than-ideal. Before getting hurt, Garland appeared in five games for Vanderbilt. He averaged 16.2 points while shooting 53.7% from the field and 47.8% from 3-point range. He’s great with the ball. He’s a tremendous shooter. If he develops into an All-Star, it won’t surprise me.
Ben Standig, NBC Sports = Darius Garland
The Suns are not close to contending in the Western Conference, but they have several interesting prospects headlined by Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton.
What the roster lacks is a point guard. Garland, sidelined with a major knee injury since late November, remains a tantalizing prospect.
There is, however, the obvious risk that comes with the recovery and lack of experience against high-major competition.
Kevin O’Connor, Danny Chau and Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer = Darius Garland
Seasoned pick-and-roll playmaker with tremendous feel and tempo; he uses elusive moves like half-spins, hesitations, and hang dribbles to generate space.
The ball doesn’t slow him down; he’s a speedster in the open floor able to split defenders, and he’s agile when changing directions.
Smooth shooter with NBA range off the dribble, off the catch, and off movement; his versatility will enable him to easily excel in a multiple ball handler offense.
Dexterity makes him a constant threat to pass or score from anywhere; he’s not a great at-rim finisher yet, but makes acrobatic extension layups with either hand.
Creative passer who throws accurate lobs and cross-court passes with either hand off the dribble.
How will Thursday end up going for the Suns? Will they select a point guard at No. 6, or go in a different direction? Is there any chance Phoenix surprises with a big trade? Stay tuned, everybody.