The 2012-2013 NBA season was one that the Phoenix Suns will likely not want to remember for very long. They finished with one of the worst records in the league and didn’t really show much promise as their team lacked chemistry and any real young talented players. That means that to really start fixing their issues, they are going to have get some young talented players.
Their current situation makes the 2013 NBA Draft direly important for the Suns. They have the fifth pick in the draft and they can’t foul it up considering where they are as a franchise. Phoenix has to be able to get a talented young player that they can develop for their future by giving him consistently good minutes right away and that can, ideally, work well with the few pieces that they do have in place.
Considering the type of player that they need to draft and the players that they have on their roster, the reports that the team is considering drafting center Alex Len are a tad bit troubling. Len is a young center with a ton of upside as a rim defender and as a versatile offensive threat. However, the Suns don’t really need to address their frontcourt that badly.
The Suns don’t have many assets in place, but one that they do have is their current center, Marcin Gortat. Gortat had a breakout 2011-2012 season, but was largely disappointing in the 2012-2013 season as he put up quite underwhelming numbers. That doesn’t mean that the Suns still don’t have faith or a lot invested in him, though. By drafting Len, they would be diminishing the confidence of Gortat and blowing up the few good things they have in place. All in all, that’s not what they need to do in this draft.