2014 NBA Draft: 5 1st-Round Options for Phoenix Suns

Phoenix Suns: 5 1st-Round Options for the 2014 NBA Draft

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The Phoenix Suns currently have three first-round picks in the 2014 draft, with the potential to add a fourth. The Suns possess their own pick, as well as the picks belonging to Washington and Indiana. However unlikely, if Minnesota's pick falls below 13th, where they're currently slotted, Phoenix would also get their pick. Here are the players they could consider with those picks.

5.) Jarnell Stokes, PF/C, Tennessee

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5.) Jarnell Stokes, PF/C, Tennessee

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Indiana's pick will fall late in the first round -- if the Suns choose to keep the pick, they could opt for a Eurostash or to take a chance on a player like Stokes, who wowed everyone with his man-amongst-boys performance in the NCAA tournament. Stokes is a big body with a decent post game and his tenacity on the boards would be welcome for a smaller Suns team.

4.) Cleanthony Early, SF, Wichita State

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4.) Cleanthony Early, SF, Wichita State

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Depending on what you classify Gerald Green, the Suns are rather thin at the SF position. P.J. Tucker has been a pleasant surprise, but they could use some more consistent scoring from the position. Early is another player whose stock soared because of his play this season and, with a good outside shot and above-average defense, he could be an option for Phoenix.

3.) Zack LaVine, PG, UCLA

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3.) Zack LaVine, PG, UCLA

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This doesn't really fit a glaring need, but LaVine's very raw and could fall a bit as a result. At some point, reward surpasses risk and, if Phoenix is intent on playing Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe (assuming they match any offer) together, they could use some depth at the position. LaVine is a great athlete, but still needs a lot of seasoning.

2.) Doug McDermott, SF/PF, Creighton

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2.) Doug McDermott, SF/PF, Creighton

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McDermott was one of the most prolific scorers in NCAA history, but there are well-founded questions as to whether he can translate his production in the NBA. McDermott's somewhat of a tweener, not quick enough to guard NBA SFs, but not really big enough to handle NBA PFs. He can, however, score and Phoenix could choose to roll the dice on him.

1.) Adreian Payne, PF, Michigan State

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1.) Adreian Payne, PF, Michigan State

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Adreian Payne is one the most uniquely-skilled players in this draft class -- it's not too often you find a big man capable of being a consistent outside shooter, while also being proficient defensively. Payne 's a step below some of the bigger prospects in this class, which could cause him to fall into Phoenix's range. Even with Channing Frye, the Suns could use Payne's versatility.

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