2014 NBA Draft: 5 Players Phoenix Suns Should Target at No. 27

2014 NBA Draft: 5 Players Phoenix Suns Should Target at No. 27

Jeff Hornacek, Goran Dragic, Phoenix Suns, 2014 NBA Draft
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The Phoenix Suns had a surprisingly successful season in 2013-14, winning 48 games. Head coach Jeff Hornacek instilled an up-tempo, exciting brand of basketball in Phoenix that nearly earned the Suns a playoff spot. With three first-round picks, Phoenix has an opportunity to add depth and talent to its team. Here are five players the Suns should consider with the 27th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.

5. Cleanthony Early, SF/PF, Wichita State

Cleanthony Early, SF/PF, Wichita State
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5. Cleanthony Early, SF/PF, Wichita State

Cleanthony Early, SF/PF, Wichita State
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Cleanthony Early is a talented offensive player who has the ability to score from anywhere on the court. Early primarily played power forward at Wichita State, but he projects as a small forward in the NBA. He is one of the older players in the draft (23 years old), which may cause him to fall to the end of the first round. Still, if he is available at number 27, the Suns should consider taking him.

4. Isaiah Austin, C, Baylor

Isaiah Austin, C, Baylor
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4. Isaiah Austin, C, Baylor

Isaiah Austin, C, Baylor
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Isaiah Austin is one of the most intriguing prospects in the 2014 NBA Draft. Austin has unique size and length, standing 7 feet with a 7-foot-5 wingspan. His length is especially impactful defensively where he blocks and alters shots around the rim. One knock against Austin is his rail-thin frame. He will need to get stronger to avoid being over-powered by NBA big men. Austin is a developmental prospect, but he is worth the gamble for Phoenix.

3. Mitch McGary, PF/C, Michigan

Mitch McGary, PF/C, Michigan
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3. Mitch McGary, PF/C, Michigan

Mitch McGary, PF/C, Michigan
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Mitch McGary is another frontcourt prospect the Suns should target with the 27th pick. McGary came on strong towards the end of his freshman year but missed most of his sophomore season due to a back injury. McGary is not a polished player on either end of the floor, but he does little things like grab offensive rebounds and set solid screens which can help any team. McGary would be a quality addition to Phoenix's frontcourt rotation.

2. Glenn Robinson III, SF, Michigan

Glenn Robinson III, SF, Michigan
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2. Glenn Robinson III, SF, Michigan

Glenn Robinson III, SF, Michigan
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Glenn Robinson III is a great athlete who is devastating in transition. His above-the-rim style would fit perfectly with Phoenix's up-tempo offensive system. Robinson III has an aesthetically pleasing shooting stroke, but still has room to improve his field goal percentage. He disappeared for stretches at Michigan and will have to learn to play with more consistency.

1. Shabazz Napier, PG, UConn

Shabazz Napier, PG, UConn
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1. Shabazz Napier, PG, UConn

Shabazz Napier, PG, UConn
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Eric Bledsoe will be a restricted free agent this offseason. If the Suns do not retain him, they could look for a young guard in the draft. Enter Shabazz Napier. Napier, a two-time NCAA champion, is an experienced point guard who was extremely productive during his college career. He is a talented scorer who can also make plays for his teammates. Napier would be an excellent choice for Phoenix towards the end of the first-round.

 

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