Phoenix Suns Should Take Best Player Available in 2013 NBA Draft

By Michael Terrill
Phoenix Suns Should Take Best Player Available in 2013 NBA Draft
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The Phoenix Suns could find themselves will several quality options when the No. 5 pick in the 2013 NBA Draft rolls around. The fact is none of the four teams ahead of the Suns in the draft knows whom they are going to select because the top players all have unique qualities that could improve a basketball team over time. At this point, Phoenix’s best bet is to pick the best player available, especially since they have needs at every position.

“There’s no player or subset of players, even at five, that I can put aside and say, ‘OK, this guy or these guys definitely won’t be there. I don’t need to worry about them,’ ” Suns general manager Ryan McDonough said, according to “I feel like, even at five, we need to be prepared for every scenario, like every guy on the board could be there.”

The Suns could have a shot at greatly improving one position in particular considering the top five players in numerous mock drafts are capable of playing different positions. Even though none of the players has the superstar potential (as of right now) like other top players in previous drafts, there is no question some of them could turn out to be great starters at the professional level.

“It’s pretty much anybody’s guess how that’s going to fall out,” Suns coach Jeff Hornacek said, according to “There’s not a LeBron James out there. You never know how they’re going to develop. Scouts, Ryan, Lon (Babby), and these guys are trying to look at them the best they can and analyze every little angle.

“There’s no clear-cut guy at this point so by the time five comes along, it’s probably going to be a good player.”

Make sure to tune into the NBA Draft on Thursday, June 27 to see whom the Suns select.

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