The Phoenix Suns selected former Syracuse guard Tyler Ennis with the 18th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. After selecting scoring forward T.J. Warren with the 14th pick, the Suns may have rolled the dice by selecting the 6-foot-2 guard.
Although Ennis played well in spurts for head coach Jim Boeheim, the Suns failed to upgrade their roster, as Ennis will likely play behind starting guard Goran Dragic.
With the selection of Ennis, Phoenix may be preparing for life after free agent point guard Eric Bledsoe, who may receive several big contract offers this summer.
In his single season at Syracuse, Ennis averaged 12.9 points and 5.5 assists while shooting 41 percent from the field. If Ennis plans on seeing any time on the floor this season he must improve his outside shot and decision making. Although Ennis may lack the defensive foot speed to keep up with the elite guards out west, his ability to play the passing lanes and get to the basket may allow Ennis to contend for minutes.
Despite his inability to consistently knock down shots from the perimeter, Ennis is capable of getting to the basket and drawing a foul. Ennis averaged four free-throw attempts per game at Syracuse, but his slight frame might not get the same calls in the NBA.
The Suns really need a player who can get to the basket and create his own shot, if Bledsoe won’t be resigned and Ennis will take time to develop. With Shabazz Napier, Gary Harris and Rodney Hood still on the draft board at No. 18, the Suns could regret Ennis in the future.