Phoenix Suns Continue Preparation for Lottery Pick in 2013 NBA Draft

By Thomas Emerick
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The 2013 NBA draft combine commences Thursday and heads into Friday at Attack Athletics in Chicago. With the Phoenix Suns slated with the highest probability for a landing the No. 4 pick in the lottery, the team’s front office will take a concerted interest in the upper echelon of the top 61 prospects.

“If this was the NFL and point guards were quarterbacks, a lot of people would be excited,” ESPN draft analyst Fran Franschilla said of the spot the Suns have capably occupied by Goran Dragic, also adding “It’s kind of window dressing a little bit for those people that have studied these players on a year-round basis.”

Fellow ESPN draft analyst Chad Ford also noted: “It’s the only time all of these players are going to be on the floor together. So you get to see relative size, relative athleticism, relative skill level, compared to each other.”

Many mock drafts are landing Indiana shooting guard Victor Oladipo with Suns at fourth overall, and it makes sense. It would be an absolute shocker if shooting guard Ben McLemore didn’t fly off the board within the first three picks. After that, Oladipo provides efficient shooting from both beyond the arc and the field in general.

Phoenix has a long way to climb back from the slow destruction of the seven-second-or-less era and that great run with Steve Nash. With the (likely) fourth pick along with No. 30 and No. 57, the Suns could have some good young talent to build their foundation for the next perennial contender out of the West.

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