Phoenix Suns Draft Look Ahead: Shabazz Muhammad

By Rob Lunder
Phoenix Suns, Shabazz Muhammad
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The Phoenix Suns are in the midst of an absolutely horrible season and figure to pick within the top five selections in this summer’s NBA Draft.  If there were ever a year to pick in the top five and hope for a superstar, this probably isn’t the year.

The top prospects in this year’s pool are Nerlens Noel (Kentucky), Shabazz Muhammad (UCLA), Ben McLemore  (Kansas), and Cody Zeller  (Indiana).  All of these guys are underclassmen, meaning they still have the option of returning to school after this season.  It would be difficult to imagine any of them doing that, but stranger things have happened.

Here’s a look at the candidates to see their potential fit on the Suns future roster, start off today with Muhammad, a small forward who might be the country’s most talented player.  He was suspended for the first few games of the season and it was questionable whether he would play at all this season.  Not only is he playing, but he is dominating in his freshman season, averaging a shade under 19 points per game and exactly 5 rebounds per game.  Those are quality numbers on a team with so many capable scorers on its roster.

How would he fit in with the Suns?  He would add a nice infusion of young talent to the roster and a guy who can step in and score the ball immediately.  The team needs a guy that they can build around and even though Muhammad will probably never be a superstar, he still figures to be a guy who can be a 20 point per game scorer later on down the road.

It has been a long season in Phoenix and the Draft watch is already well under way.

Rob Lunder covers the NBA for Rant Sports.  For all NBA news go to the league homepage on Rant Sports.  Follow him on Twitter @rlunder18

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