During free agency last summer, the Phoenix Suns made a run at shooting guard Eric Gordon only to have the New Orleans Hornets match their offer sheet, leaving Phoenix without a capable starting two guard to pair with Goran Dragic. If the Suns aren’t able to convince the Hornets to trade Gordon to them, Phoenix should target a shooting guard in this year’s NBA draft.
While many are claiming that the current draft class is a weak one, one area of strength in at the wing/scoring guard positions. There are a number of solid options, including some sleepers that have made a name for themselves in the NCAA tournament. There’s Shabazz Muhammad from UCLA, who is capable of playing both the two or three in the league. Ben McLemore looks to have star potential right away. Victor Oladipo is every coach’s dream; an athletic guard with good size, a relentless motor and impacts the game both offensively and defensively.
The Suns are one of the worst teams in the NBA and should get a high lottery pick for the draft, so they will have their choice of quality guards to choose from. Even if the Suns choose to go in a different direction with their top pick, there are decent options that may slip into the second round that should be able to contribute right away.
In any case, the Suns need a to secure shooting guard for their future. Acquiring one either via free agency, the draft or trade should be their main focus this summer.