2013 NBA Draft: Phoenix Suns Projected to Select Ben McLemore

By Ryan Heckman


Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

The Phoenix Suns may be in luck. In many recent draft projections, Phoenix is predicted to take Ben McLemore out of Kansas. With many thinking McLemore could go number two or three, lately his name has dropped.

This bodes well for Phoenix.

Last season, their shooting guards included Shannon Brown and Wes Johnson. Neither Brown nor Johnson could get it done in a consistent manner. Phoenix has the point guard position locked down with Goran Dragic. They’ve got an underrated power forward who can score down low in Luis Scola.

The problem has been at the shooting guard position, for the most part. Brown and Johnson are best served as role players off the bench, not for filling in a starting lineup.

McLemore is a big two guard with great talent. He would undoubtedly come right into Phoenix and start at the beginning of the season – or at least he should. McLemore is a longer shooting guard with the size to be able to also guard the better guys in the league. Of course he won’t be locking down Kobe Bryant any time soon, but he’ll be the best option the Suns have.

If the Kansas product is available at number two, the Suns would have to be elated. At number one, Nerlens Noel is very likely to be drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers. Picks two, three and four will likely include Victor Oladipo, Otto Porter and Anthony Bennett.

If that’s how things shake out, the Suns will have to take McLemore at number five. The opportunity to get a starting caliber shooting guard to fill in the lineup is far too great to pass up.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior NBA writer for RantSports.com also contributing to the NFL. Follow him on Twitter @ryanmheckman  or add him to your network on Google.

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