2013 NBA Draft: What Should Phoenix Suns Do With Number 5 Pick?

By Ryan Heckman


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With the number five overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, the Phoenix Suns have quite a few options and potential scenarios. With the Cleveland Cavaliers more than likely going with Nerlens Noel out of Kentucky, the next four to seven picks could be up in the air. At number five, the Suns will have to be prepared for anything.

For this reason, the team has worked out a number of prospects like Cody Zeller, Shabazz Muhammad, Ben McLemore and Victor Oladipo. Alex Len was also on hand at the workouts but did not participate due to injury. New head coach Jeff Hornacek clearly wants to know his options in case of any scenario coming to fruition.

With the current roster the way it is, I see the Suns taking a shooting guard if possible. At this point, they would be foolish to not draft the best available player at number five; but hoping for a shooting guard doesn’t hurt.

Like I’ve stated previously, Shannon Brown and Wesley Johnson aren’t exactly the long-term plan for Hornacek and the team at the two guard spot. Neither have been anywhere near consistent – at least in terms of a starter – and the Suns would be happy to have either Oldaipo or McLemore.

There are so many possibilities yet for the draft, including many trades that could switch up the top five. Already, the Orlando Magic and Cleveland Cavaliers have talked about shopping around their top two picks. The Minnesota Timberwolves have been one of the main teams looking to move up primarily because they like what they see in both Oladipo and McLemore.

The Suns definitely have competition for the two wings. There have even been rumors going around regarding the Milwaukee Bucks trading up for the Washington Wizards‘ number three pick in effort to grab either of the shooting guards just in case neither Monta Ellis or Brandon Jennings return next year.

Clearly, we are far from knowing anything for sure regarding the top five picks and how things will shake out. For the Suns, the best they can hope for is that one of their shooting guards is available. If not, it will be unfortunate but not the end of the world. Having the chance to add talent in the top five, regardless of position, will prove beneficial for a highly uncompetitive team like the Suns.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior NBA writer for RantSports.com also contributing to the NFL. Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google

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