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Who mock drafts have the Suns taking after the lottery

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With the 2024 NBA Draft Lottery officially wrapped up yesterday, everyone knows their place in the draft and can begin really scouting their team needs.

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For the Suns, they already knew they would be picking 22nd overall in a draft that has been heralded as one of the worst in a long time.

On the day of the first round of the draft (June 26), the Suns are able to trade both the No. 22 pick as well as their 2031 first-round pick, but not before then.

Contrary to popular belief, the Suns will also still have a first-round pick in 2026, 2028 and 2030 as well due to all of these being pick swaps, but could be in a bad position with those if they finish in the lottery and have to give up a good pick. The only second-round pick they own right now is a 2028 pick from the Boston Celtics (protected 31-45).

Owner Mat Ishbia gave up the rest of the team’s draft capital in various trades. These most notably include sending out four first-round picks in the Kevin Durant trade and four future first-round pick swaps, as well as six future second-round picks for Bradley Beal.

Ishbia sounded very uncommitted to both this year’s pick and the 2031 pick at his end-of-season availability two weeks ago.

“If fans like to look in the future and say, ‘Hey, I really like that 2031 draft pick, because maybe that seventh-grader is gonna be really good and we’re gonna draft them and one day he’s gonna be a player,’ you ain’t going to like the Phoenix Suns,” Ishbia said. “Because we’re gonna say, ‘Draft picks are to get great players.’”

So, there is certainly no guarantee the Suns will actually be drafting this year, but once again, we won’t be able to know that officially until draft day.

Phoenix has a lot of obvious needs, such as a point guard, athletic wing/forward and rim-protecting center. A serviceable point guard might be tough to get this late in the draft, but in recent years, we have seen success of drafting bigs that can make an impact right away (i.e. Dereck Lively and Mark Williams) in the middle of the first round, as well as experienced wings (i.e. Christian Braun and Jaime Jacquez Jr.).

The Suns have their full starting lineup under contract for next season, and Ishbia made it seem like they would not be going anywhere this summer, unlike what some analysts have suggested.

“When we made the trade for Kevin Durant, you realize that we had four years with him, right,” Ishbia said. “That’s a big deal. Same thing with Brad Beal, we had years with him. Devin Booker lined up for years. Nurkić years. We got Grayson Allen for years … Going into next year, knowing that we have the whole starting five back, I feel pretty good about that.”

Outside the starting lineup, Nassir Little is set to make $6.75 million on the second year of his four-year rookie extension next season. David Roddy is owed $2.9 million on the third of a four-year rookie deal next year (not much more than a veteran minimum contract).

Eric Gordon, Drew Eubanks, Josh Okogie and Damion Lee all have player options with a deadline of June 29 to extend their veteran minimum deals to next season. The Suns have Royce O’Neale’s bird rights if they want to sign him to a contact extension.

So at this point, if Phoenix holds onto its pick, it could be largely for depth purposes rather than immediate impact depending on free agency, as much as fans don’t want to hear that.

However, we did see how well Toumani Camara, the Suns’ only draft pick from last season, fit in with the Portland Trail Blazers when they traded him there despite being drafted 52nd overall.

The Suns do have options, so let’s look at who some updated mock drafts have them taking with the 22nd pick:

ESPN’s Jonathan Givony and Jeremy Woo

SF/PF Bobi Klintman, a 6-foot-10, 225-pound 21-year-old from the Cairns Taipans of the NBL:

“The Suns traded away most of their draft capital in the coming years to build a superteam anchored around Kevin Durant, Devin Bookerand Bradley Beal, so this pick is a rare chance to inject the team with young talent on a cost-controlled rookie scale contract. Wing depth will likely be important for the Suns, especially with perimeter shooting and defensive versatility at a premium. Klintman, who is old enough at 21 to be expected to play a role in the short term, also has some intriguing ingredients to develop long-term with his size, range and defensive playmaking ability.”

Klintman’s Scouting Report (via NBA Draft Room):

“Klintman is an upside athlete and an intriguing long-term prospect who might take some time to be NBA ready but has a lot of tools to work with.

He easily passes the eye test with the way he moves on the court at his size. He’s a legit 6-10 but moves more like a guard or a wing.

He’s a very capable 3pt shooter who will be able to stretch the floor at the next level. He’s also an instinctual passer who really knows how to move the ball and find teammates. He’s one of the better passing big forwards in the draft.

Bobi has a long ways to go in his development but his upside, his tools and his natural ball skills could land him in the first round.”

Stats via NBL:

Highlights:

The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor

C Yves Missi

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The Athletic’s Sam Vecenie 

G Johnny Furphy

6-foot-9, 202-pound freshman from Kansas

“Furphy has a lot of the attributes NBA teams seek when trying to identify projects worth a long-term investment. It’s hard to find wings with Furphy’s size and athleticism. He’s come a long way in just 18 months to even get to this point. His athleticism and shooting ability always made him an intriguing upside swing, but when he played at the Center of Excellence in Australia, he didn’t seem to know how to impact the game. He was up and down this past season at Kansas, but he clearly earned Bill Self’s trust, which is not particularly easy for freshmen to do. Still, he averaged nine points per game in total and only 8.6 points in 30 minutes per night with a 44.1 true shooting percentage over his final seven games.

“Furphy is projected by scouts as a likely first-round pick, but I’ve placed him here in large part because there is little leaguewide belief in the Suns being the team to will be making this selection. Owner Mat Ishbia is clearly in win-now mode, and the team can package this pick with its 2031 first-rounder to get a player who can provide more immediate value. Additionally, team president and GM James Jones is not known to value the draft highly.”

Highlights:

Yahoo Sports’ Krysten Peek

G Carlton “Bub” Carrington

Ht./Wt.: 6-5, 190 pounds | Class: Freshman | Pittsburgh

“The Suns will most likely invest in a lead guard with this pick, and Carrington has a ton of potential as a young primary ball-handler in the NBA. He is a score-first guard, but showed he can also facilitate, averaging 4.1 assists during his freshman year. His decision-making off the pick-and-roll needs to improve, but his burst off the bounce is unmatched and he’s one of the best guards in transition.”

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Brendan Mau is a senior writer covering the Phoenix Suns and more for Burn City Sports. You can follow him on X via @Brendan_Mau

 

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